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Recommended Accessories

The following is a list of things that are either required or good to have as you plan for your first espresso machine purchase.

Cleaning:

  • Microfiber towels
    • Wiping the machine down
  • Brushes (various sizes):
    • Grinder cleaning
    • Countertop cleaning
  • Grouphead cleaning
    • Pallo Coffee Tool
    • Espazzola group cleaning tool

Cleaning Supplies:

  • Cafiza
    • Used for back flushing once a month
  • Rinsa
    • Deep cleaning the steam wand

Puck Prep:

  • WDT Tool
    • Used for stirring the groups in the PF to distribute well
    • Can be made from a cork and some 3d printer needles
  • Dosing Funnel:
    • Helps keep the grounds contained while doing WDT
    • Get one that rests on the rim/outside of the basket/filter to avoid disturbing the grinds
  • Scale that fits on the machine
    • Weigh your beans before brew
    • Weight your output as you are pouring
    • One with a timer is useful if the machine does not have one.
      • Note: time of shot is good for ballpark information but should be dialed in based on taste not time.
  • Tamping Mat
    • Protect your counter tops

Water Softening

  • Protect your investment with good water. There are a few options that can be done here
    • Filtration (do not use Brita/Pur as they do not soften the water):
      • Peak water filters
      • ZeroWater Filters
    • Bottled:
      • RO
      • Distilled
  • You will need to add some buffer minerals back into the above waters
  • Homebrew mineral mix * Third wave water * There are some bottled water that can be used without needing to add buffer minerals back in: https://home.lamarzoccousa.com/water-for-home-espresso/

E-61 Specific:

  • Molykote 111
    • Used to lubricate the camshaft after a cafiza backflush
  • Big adjustable wrenches
    • Group head maintenance
    • Consider rubber coated wrenches to avoid scratching things
  • Group Head thermometer
    • Reads the temperature of the water about 1.25” above the puck.
    • Very useful with a Heat Exchanger style machine unless the machine has a PID that is reading the group head temp instead of the boiler temp with its PID.
    • This is a mutually exclusive upgrade with the Flow Control Device
  • Smart Plug/Timer
    • E61 machines can be safely put on a smartplug/timer since they have an auto fill sensor for the boiler.
    • Make sure you buy one that is rated for 15A.
    • Please do research about your machine and safety of doing this. The machine needs to have an auto fill circuit for the boiler.
  • Flow Control Device:
    • Gain better control over your shots with flow profiling.
    • This is a mutually exclusive upgrade that competes with the Group Head thermometer.

Milk Drinks

  • Thermometer with clip to attach to pitcher
    • Measure milk temp as steaming
  • Steaming Pitcher
    • Pitcher will hold about half the milk as the volume of the pitcher to account for space for vortex + expansion
    • Multiple sizes can be useful if you do various sizes of drinks. While you can steam smaller quantities of milk in a larger pitcher, it is often more dificult to do so.
    • Sizes start at 150ml (great for cortado/flat white) and get larger from there.
      • Some machines may have a hard time with larger quantites of milk.
  • Steam Wand Tips
    • Some steam wands will have replaceable tips to adjust flow rates of steam.

Nice to haves:

  • Knockbox
    • Easy place for grounds disposal if you are not near a trash can.
    • Don’t run coffee grounds down your sink/garbage disposal
  • Self leveling precision tamper
    • Ensures a good consistent & level tamp
    • Brands:
      • Normcore
        • Least Expensive
        • Most options on sizes
      • Decent
      • Kafatek LevTamp
        • Not often in stock. Will sell out within a few minutes of going on sale
  • Brix Refractometer
    • For Science!
    • 20% brix refractometer is good for calculating your extraction yield if you really want to fall down the rabbit hole.
  • Bottomless portafilter
    • Helps diagnose problems with puck prep
  • Shot mirror
    • Paired with the bottomless portafilter so you don’t have to contort your body to look at things
    • Search for magnetic inspection mirror
  • Cups
    • Various sizes of cups are nice to have
      • Cortado
      • Demitasse
      • Cappuccino
      • Latte
    • Brands:
      • Higher End (Average price $15/cup)
        • notNeutral
        • Loveramics
        • Fellow
        • Nuova point
        • Duralex
      • MidRange
        • Bodum
        • Ikea
        • World Market
  • Demitasse Spoons
    • Tiny spoons for tiny cups