As mentioned earlier, there are many great machines that make delicious coffee. However, not everyone has access to one of these high-tech devices or knows how to use them properly. Some people just cannot seem to get the hang of making good espresso drinks, and this is totally fine!
We are here to help you out! In this article, we will talk about an easy way to make excellent espressos in your own kitchen using nothing but a ninja coffee machine and a stock pot. Read on for more information!
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What Is A Ninja Coffee Maker?
A ninja coffee maker is a tabletop device with some cool features. Most notably, it can produce incredible levels of quality espresso. The term “ninja” comes from Japan, where they have traditionally used professional grade equipment when drinking espresso.
Some of the things that set a ninja coffee brewer apart is its cone shaped filter basket. This allows for faster extraction by extracting more of the ground coffee powder before the liquid filters through. Also, most models feature plastic trays that act as cold packs so that your drink does not burn your mouth due to over boiling.
Pour with precision
When pouring your coffee, make sure you are very careful with consistency! If the milk is too thick, pour more milk in it or add some water to thin down the mix.
If the cream is over-oiled, whisk it until it comes together and then froth up the machine.
Just because the machines say brewed does not mean that they have an automatic shut off feature.
Choose the right temperature
When choosing your brew temperature, there is an assumption that every machine will tell you truthfully what temperature it offers. Most machines have easy to access settings where you can choose whether to use espresso or regular milk, and some even offer steam modes!
Some models also have more advanced features like double-serve capability or an additional filter slot for iced coffee. The last two are very helpful as you would likely make several cups per person during the workday!
There is no wrong choice here unless you really know how each one functions. Simply hold your finger over the top of the cup while the machine works to check if the foam rises properly and if it does not, try warmer or colder water.
The consistency and shape of the froth is also important – if it is thinner and less stable, then hotter is better! But if it is thicker and almost solid, then colder is needed to achieve this.
We recommend using lower temperatures for shorter drinks (i.e. a short café latte) and higher temperatures for longer drinks (for example, a tall Americano). You may want to experiment with different brewing times to find your favorite balance.
Know your drinks
Making delicious beverages is dependent upon having good recipes or drink formulas that you can use as templates. Most people start with the easy things first, like plain old brewed coffee or water!
Just because something has milk in it does not make it automatically acceptable to add cream to it and call it an espresso shot! Ha!
If you are making tea, what kind of tea and how strong depends mostly on the type of tea and whether or not you want a weaker or stronger flavor. For example, if you would like more strength then darker green tea is better than white tea which have less caffeine.
For liquids that contain no sugar already, adding some sort of sweetener is helpful to balance out the liquid- this is usually just dependant on what ingredient you have available or what someone else recommends.
There are many types of sweeteners including raw sugars such as honey, agave nectar, and sucrose (table sugar), dried fruits such as berries, coconut products such as coconut milk and shredded coconut, and so on. Technically anything that contains glucose will work but bear in mind these may not be appropriate for vegans and/or those who are allergy to gluten.
Know the signs of perfection
If you are ever struggling to perfect your espresso making, there is something that can be done. You can use a machine such as a ninja coffee maker or cappuccino maker to test your skill!
These machines contain an automatic timer for preparing your drink, so this tool helps mitigate some of the mistakes that people make when brewing espressos.
If you want more precision, then these timers cannot be used, as they require you to manually start the process. This way, you will get a better understanding of how long it takes to prepare a good espresso.
There are many types of drinks that can be made with a ninja device, including straight shots, latte style beverages, and cappuccinos.
Don’t break the machine
Even though it may seem like there is not much you can do with your new ninja coffee maker, that isn’t true at all! You can use this tool to make almost anything in the world- including tea!
All you have to do is add water to the top compartment and pull up the lever to pour hot liquid into the bottom cup. Then wait for the cool liquid to seep through and mix together as desired!
This way, you don’t need to buy any additional equipment to enjoy your delicious tea or caffeinated beverage of choice.
Coffee grounds, what is that?
While some people may consider the process of making coffee as more complicated than just buying a machine and putting water in and pushing a button, most people actually underestimate how much ground up coffee goes into creating your favorite drink.
When you make an espresso or Turkish style coffee using milk instead of water, for example, it requires twice as much ground up coffee due to the additional liquid.
The average one cup (8 oz) pot of brewed coffee has around six grams of dried coffee grinds in it. Six grams isn’t very much, but when thinking about it, that’s almost half a teaspoon! A lot of people don’t realize how much extra flavor and aroma they are ingesting when they brew their own coffee.
There are several reasons why having your own coffee maker can be expensive, unless you know how to use yours correctly.