This is embarrassing... I've just acquired a new semi-auto espresso maker and am trying to figure out how to use it - and am hoping there are some espresso experts out there... before I return this machine and go back to the mocha pot.
First, I'm figuring out how to make a single espresso. After filling the water tank and the 1-cup espresso filter with coffee, I put the cup under the filter and switch on... coffee starts to come out. How do I know when to stop it? There has to be a more or less precise point when the right amount of water has passed through the coffee etc. Is it a matter of just knowing when the correct amount of espresso is in the cup?
Second... I never thought about this before but how does one make espressos for a bunch of people, say 6? Make 2, then clean out the filter, dry it, add new coffee, make another 2 and so on...?