Home Barista Workflow - Espresso

It's surprisingly easy to make great coffee at home with an Italian coffee machine. I have refined my home espresso machines workflow over many years and brought it back to basics with 10 simple steps.

Before moving on please take a look at my Understanding Espresso page. It's really important that you understand espresso before you move on to the steps.

To see my manual espresso machine workflow in action please start with the video below:


10 Steps Home Espresso Workflow

  1. Attach the portafilter, switch the machine on, warm the portafilter, warm the cups

    For tips on warming up your machine click here

    For tips on warming your cups click here

  2. Remove the portafilter, wipe it dry, put it onto the scales and set the scales to zero

  3. Grind the coffee into the portafilter and weigh the ground coffee

    For tips on baskets and dosing click here

  4. Distribute the grind evenly across the basket

    A coffee distribution tool is recommended, click here

  5. Tamp in 2 steps:

    1. Place the tamper onto the coffee and level it with your fingers and thumb.

    2. Tamp down firmly to compress the coffee into a puck.

  6. Attach the portafilter, activate the pump and start timing

    Start timing as soon as you activate the pump.

    First drips 4-8 seconds after you activate the pump is typical

  7. Stop the extraction when you have a double espresso and note the extraction time.

    • If extracting by volume - with 20g of coffee stop when you have 40ml of liquid

    • If extracting by colour - stop at stream blonding

    To learn about coffee extraction click here

  8. Tune your grinder so it is ready for your next shot

    • If the extraction time was less than 30s adjust for a finer grind (lower number)

    • If the extraction time was greater than 30s adjust for a coarser grind (higher number)

  9. Remove the portafilter, knock out the puck, rinse the portafilter, put it back onto the machine

  10. If you are ready for another espresso go back to Step 2 and repeat

| 20g | 40ml | 30s |

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