Espresso Machine Brewing Tips
Espresso! What comes to your mind when you hear this word? Whatever it is, I bet it’s amazing if not nostalgic. Simply put espresso is a method of making coffee which involves running hot water under high pressure through compressed, grounded coffee beans. An espresso machine does this for you and if you are yearning for that flavorful shot you once had at a friend’s, read the tips that follow.
The Right Grind
Besides buying the best flavor of well roasted and fresh coffee beans, for a good shot of espresso, the grind matters a lot. Making espresso requires finer grinds than most of the methods. Make sure you have small grinds that are so fine and uniform. It should feel like sand when rubbed between the palms. Too coarse particles will result in a weak brew and extremely fine particles produce a bitter taste. The precise particles ensure good extraction. With good extraction comes the thrilling foam or ‘crema’ at the top of your cup which decorates your drink besides being aromatic and flavorsome.
The best grinders are the burr type which can be well adjusted and produce better grinds than the blade types. Proper grinding is the key to making quality espresso and you definitely need a good grinder to achieve this.
The ground coffee needs the correct compaction to give a quality drink. The porta filter basket should be pre heated before filling with coffee. Use a tamper to compress the coffee evenly. A 15 kg pressure is optimum for this. In the end, you should have a level coffee biscuit. A good tamper is that which fits into the porta filter.
A good dose ensures you get the espresso that is high quality. For a god double shot which is the standard serving size, use 20 grams of ground coffee. It can be adjusted to achieve the preferred intensity. Adding more coffee produces a stronger drink.
Water heated to 200 degrees Fahrenheit or 93 degrees Celsius is the best for your espresso. The high temperature produces roast flavor. Lower the temperature a little bit if you want to bring out brightness in your drink. Some espresso machines allow the user to adjust the temperature. Some however take control of everything and most of the time, it is in the right ranges.
A double shot of expresso should produce 30mls in 30 seconds. If you notice the coffee coming out too fast, try a finer grind to improve the water-coffee interaction. If your drink comes through very slowly, a more coarse texture will help control this.
Use Clean Water
Coffee is 98% water and as such, it is as good as the water you use to prepare it. Your water should be free of sediments which greatly lower the quality of a coffee drink. Certain minerals such as calcium and scales should be eliminated if you are looking for the best espresso.
A good espresso machine is that which will provide stable temperatures and consists of high quality components. You definitely need one for the best drink.