A perfectly brewed cup of espresso is an achievement most people will probably never accomplish. Spot-on espresso involves grinding coffee grounds to an exact coarseness, tamping those grounds into an espresso portafilter using a fixed, increasing amount of pressure three separate times, heating the water to steam of a certain temperature, pre-infusing water into the grounds -- and then actually brewing the espresso, which should take 23 to 30 seconds for a perfect cup. For those of us who want a pretty good cup of espresso without all the work, Braun offers an easy-to-use home espresso machine.

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Braun's home espresso machine creates espresso in minutes.

Step 1

Unscrew the lid over the water tank, located at the top of the machine. Fill the pot with cold water, using the lines on the side of the pot as a measurement guide. Pour the water into the water tank and screw the lid back on.

Step 2

Load the filter basket into the filter holder. Lower the lock on the filter handle to secure the basket in place. Add an amount of coffee grounds that corresponds with the amount of water you added earlier, using the markings on the basket as a guide. Do not tamp down the coffee.

Step 3

Line up the filter lock with the Braun logo on the front of the machine. Insert the basket into the filter head, then turn the handle to the right until the basket locks into place. The handle should end up at roughly a 45-degree angle.

Step 4

Secure the lid onto the top of the pot. Place the pot on the drip tray. Line up the opening on the pot's lid with the spouts underneath the filter holder.

Step 5

Slide the tab on the front of the machine next to the cup symbol and check that the steam attachment is off by rotating its knob all the way to the right. Plug in the machine and turn on the power.