A macchiato from Stumptown Coffee Roasters

What is a macchiato?

The Italian word macchiato means “stained” or “marked.” This could mean an espresso stained with just a touch of milk, or milk stained with just a touch of espresso.

A pressurized portafilter for brewing espresso.

What is a pressurized portafilter?

A pressurized portafilter distinguishes itself from a non-pressurized portafilter by adding extra pressure immediately after coffee extraction. It does this through a design that features a basket with a two-layer bottom.

A nice stream of espresso flows from the portafilter into the cup

How to make espresso

The road to espresso mastery is one of trial and error. Understanding this complex coffee is as much an artistic process as it is technical. By the end of this guide, you’ll know how to make espresso.

Cuisinart DCC-3200 coffee maker.

The best coffee makers under $100

Choosing a coffee maker for your kitchen can make your head spin, because there is such a wide variety of brewers available. Here we have 8 of the best for under $100.

Daisy del Carmen Reyes of San Carlos II Cooperative checks out a plant loaded with mature coffee beans in Oscicala, Morazan, El Salvador.

The types of coffee beans you should know about

Four types of coffee beans are currently sold on the world markets: Arabica, Robusta, Liberica, and Excelsa. Bright Arabica is the coffee that’s used most. Hearty Robusta is also popular.

A sack of coffee beans stamped with the word Java

Why is coffee called java?

When the colonial Dutch decided to cultivate their own coffee, they chose a tiny island in what is now Indonesia.

Espresso in a white ceramic cup

How to drink espresso the Italian way

For millions of people, the word espresso signifies little more than an extra boost of caffeine. That’s a shame, as it is one of the purest and most flavorful coffee experiences you can have.