How To Get Started Brewing Espresso At Home

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Espresso at home is for everyone

Watching a cafe barista work can be entrancing—dosing each shot carefully, deftly steaming milk to order, topping each drink with latte art to remind you of the care they put into your beverage—it can be easy to feel like espressos, cappuccinos, and lattes are meant to only come from behind the counter. But, with the right sort of equipment and little bit of knowledge, anyone can be their own barista right in their own home!

This page is all about the right gear and the best resources for folks who want to get started on their own espresso journey. You’ll find our recommendations for espresso machines, grinders, and accessories that are made to crank out cappuccinos like your favorite cafe, and easy articles that will walk you through how to expertly use each piece of equipment.

Free Live Workshop

Get Started With Espresso At Home: Choosing Your Gear

The first event in our series for home espresso beginners, this workshop and Q&A focuses on choosing the right gear for your home to get you started on the right foot.

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Get Started With Espresso At Home: Making Espresso

The second event in our series for home espresso beginners, this workshop and Q&A focuses on espresso recipes and preparation.

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Get Started With Espresso At Home: Milk Drinks

The third event in our series for home espresso beginners, this workshop and Q&A focuses on how to make cafe drinks like cappuccinos and lattes with your gear.

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Resources For Brewing At Home

Starting Point Recipes

To Brew: Coffee Dose Espresso Yield Brew Time
A Single Shot 9-12 g 18-24 g/~1 fl oz 22-25 Seconds
A Double Shot 18-20 g 35-40 g/~2 fl oz 25-30 Seconds
Espresso Flow Chart
Espresso Dial-in Guide

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