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Bitter Coffee Using An Espresso Machine!?!?

Q: I just bought a new Espresso machine, and I made a Cappuccino but it was bitter! Am i doing something wrong, or is it supposed to be like that?

A: Is it a Steam Espresso Machine (most of the cheap espresso machines are powered by steam)? If it is, then you will get bitter coffee out of it. The reason is that these steam machines use water that is too hot, so the coffee gets over-extracted and therefore bitter. To make decent Espresso, you need a pump Espresso machine. They are usually quite expensive, but there are a few models for under $100.