The newest type of espresso machine (espresso coffee maker) that is commercially available, air-pump espresso machines use compressed air to create the pressure necessary to force hot water through roasted, ground coffee to brew espresso.
How Air-Pump Espresso Machines Work
With an air-pump espresso machine, the user provides the hot water either fresh off the stove or from a previously prepared thermos. The compressed air may be produced by CO2 or N2O cartridges, an electric air compressor, or a hand pump.
Benefits of the Air-Pump Espresso Machine
An advantage of the air-pump espresso machine is that it is usually very light and relatively small, and thus more portable than other types of espresso machines (which usually require electricity).
Espresso and Coffee Brewing Tips
For more espresso tips see our detailed coffee flavor profiles of gourmet coffee and instructions on preparing Espresso Drink Recipes. For step-by-step instructions see Pulling A Perfect Espresso Shot as well as How to make a Latte.
See coffee brewing for instructions on how to make gourmet coffee. Also enjoy the precise definitions of coffee terminology in the Coffee Terms and investigate the past of the revered bean in the World's Best History of Coffee.