A unit used to measure pressure. Approximately 9 bar (130 pounds
per square inch) is the typical pressure used to extract espresso
A filter with no holes, which fits into the group handle and is
used for back-flushing the group head when cleaning the espresso
A grinder that consists of two discs which slice coffee beans
into fine portions. This type of grinder is preferred by many
baristas, as it gives a more consistent grind.
A machine which uses hot water under pressure to extract
espresso coffee. Espresso machines range from manual through to
semi and fully automatic. When choosing a machine for your home try
to think about what features best suit your needs.
The metal basket inside the group handle which holds the ground
The handle that holds the filter basket and attaches to the
group head. It may have a single or a double spout.
The part of the espresso machine where the group handle is
Plunger (French Press)
Brewing equipment that separates spent grounds from brewed
coffee by pressing them to the bottom with a mesh plunger.
Steam Wand / Nozzle / Pipe / Stylus
The small protruding pipe on most espresso machines that
provides steam for milk-frothing.
The small device with a round, flat end used to compress the
ground coffee evenly inside the filter basket.
Often used by baristas while steaming milk to ensure a
consistent temperature is reached.