• Pre-Warm the Cups. – The Cup warming tray will warm up as the machine heats the water. Place the cups that will be used on top of the tray after rinsing them with hot water. This will ensure that less heat is lost when the espresso comes from the group head and into the cups. The more the espresso retains it’s heat, the better the flavor will be.
  • Preparing the Coffee – For the 1 cup Filter, use one level measure of ground espresso coffee, using the enclosed measuring scoop/tamping tool, and use two level measures for the 2 cup Filter. The ESE Pod filter is suited for 1 ESE pod containing about 7oz. of grounds. This is the proper dosage for a 1 cup extraction of espresso.
  • Tamping the Ground Coffee – Tap the bottom of the Portafilter on a firm flat surface once or twice to make sure that the grounds are evenly distributed. Using the tamping end of the measuring spoon, press down firmly, with your thumb in the middle of the top of the tamping tool, and make sure that the grounds are depressed about 1/8 of an inch below the surface of the top rim of the filter.
  • Texturing Milk – Pour the desired amount of cold fresh milk into the stainless steel frothing jug(the jug should be about 1/3 full).
    • Turn the Selector Control to ‘STEAM’ and the red ‘HEATING’ light should come on. At the same time, some water should drip slowly from the steam wand. This is normal as the water inside the actual steam wand is not yet heated to the proper temperature to create steam.
    • Once the steam begins to come out of the wand, turn the Selector Control to ‘STANDBY’ and slide the milk jug under the steam wand, holding it at an angle so the steam wand tip sits just at or barely below the surface of the milk then quickly turn the Selector Control to ‘STEAM’.
    • Tilt the bottom of the jug just slightly towards the machine. This will give the steam pressure a direction to push the milk, making it begin to swirl as well as foam.
    • Once there is the desired amount of foam in the jug, tip it up and immerse the end of the steam wand in the milk, now it’s just working to get it heated to the correct temperature.
    • When the bottom of the milk jug is hot to the touch, turn the Selector Control to ‘STANDBY’ and lower the milk jug away from the steam wand.
    • If the bubbles in the milk are a little large, tap the bottom of the jug on the counter a few times. This will settle the foam a bit and should release those larger bubbles.