The Ultimate Espresso Machine Quiz
by Staff
Coffee isn't just for caffeine addicts any more. These days, folks seem to be drinking gourmet coffee anytime, anyplace. If you're considering buying your own espresso machine, take our quiz to see if you know how to make the perfect cup!

The word "espresso" comes from what language?

  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Espresso is usually served in what size cup?

  • large, tall
  • shot-sized
  • short, wide

How much ground coffee should you use to make one serving of espresso?

  • .5 tablespoon
  • 1 tablespoon
  • 1.5 tablespoons

Which type of coffee drink is made with espresso?

  • instant coffee
  • drip coffee
  • cappuccino

What is the ideal color and consistency of espresso?

  • light brown, slightly thick
  • dark brown, slightly thick
  • dark brown, thin

When you grind coffee beans for espresso, which texture is best?

  • finely ground
  • medium ground
  • coarsely ground

What is the ideal water temperature for making espresso?

  • just below boiling
  • 212 degrees F (100 degrees C)
  • 200 degrees F (93 degrees C)

How long should it take for the steaming water to pass through the ground coffee when making espresso?

  • 10 seconds
  • 25 seconds
  • 60 seconds

How does a simple espresso machine work?

  • It heats water in a closed compartment, which is then passed through the coffee.
  • It mixes coffee and water together in the same compartment and then heats the mixture.
  • It heats coffee in a closed compartment and then mixes it with water.

How much do the simplest espresso machines cost?

  • $30
  • $50
  • $75

Which of the following components of a pump-style espresso machine is used to heat the milk?

  • the steam wand
  • the reservoir
  • the heating chamber

What holds the supply of cold water in a pump-style espresso machine?

  • the heating chamber
  • the steam wand
  • the reservoir

Where is the ground coffee stored in an espresso machine?

  • the pump
  • the porta-filter
  • the reservoir

Which component of the espresso machine transfers water to the heating chamber?

  • the control panel
  • the pump
  • a funnel-shaped metal tube

Where is the heating element located in an espresso machine's heating chamber?

  • in a groove at the bottom
  • suspended from the top
  • attached to the side

What keeps water from slipping back into the pump from the heating chamber of an espresso machine?

  • a small hinged door
  • a coiled wire
  • a one-way valve

What material protects the heating element in an espresso machine?

  • plaster
  • plastic
  • nylon

What important control valve should you locate on your espresso machine before you begin using it?

  • the fan valve
  • the flow control valve
  • the temperature valve

How high is the pressure in the heating chamber of an espresso machine?

  • 145 psi (pounds per square inch)
  • 220 psi (pounds per square inch)
  • 295 psi (pounds per square inch)

What material is the heating chamber in an espresso machine made of?

  • stainless steel
  • nickel
  • copper