# Is 3.5 bar enough for espresso?

## Is 3.5 bar enough for espresso?

Only an espresso maker capable of yielding between 7 to 9 BARs can deliver it. Espresso may come out weak and under-extracted. Pressure lower than 7 BARs will not allow water and air to pass through coffee grounds with enough force to extract oils and flavors properly.

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## Is 5 bar pressure good for espresso?

In the end, it’s really up to you how much pressure your espresso bar should be. If you like a lighter coffee with less intense flavor and feel, then go for 5-6 bars of pressure. However, if you prefer more intensity in your cup that is rich and full-bodied with lots of flavor notes try using 9 and above bars!

## What do bars mean on an espresso machine?

A coffee machine’s bar number denotes the maximum atmospheric pressure multiplier that the machine can generate as it forces hot water (194xb0F – 203xb0F) through the coffee beans. Therefore: A 9 bar espresso machine can at best force heated water through coffee at 9x the present atmospheric pressure of the earth.

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## How many bars is real espresso?

Generally, a typical espresso maker produces about 9 bars of pressure. As previously mentioned, this is equal to nine times the pressure exerted by our surrounding atmosphere. To put this into perspective, the air in a car tire is typically at a pressure of 30 PSI, or pounds per square inch.

## How many pounds of pressure do I need for an espresso machine?

Pump driven machines use modern motor-driven pump provide the force necessary for espresso brewing. Too much pressure is unwarranted. The piston method delivers usually 8 to 10 BAR units of pressure, which in normal language, is 116 to 145 pounds per square inch (psi) of pressure.

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## Is 15 or 20 bar better for espresso machine?

A 15 bar espresso machine can at most, force heated water through coffee at 15x the present atmospheric pressure of the earth. A 20 bar espresso machine should technically be capable of forcing heated water through coffee at and up to 20x the present atmospheric pressure of the earth.

## Is 19 bar pressure good for espresso?

Final thoughts. In a nutshell, brewing pressure should be around 9 bars for creating a great espresso.