Do you like the smell of fresh coffee that excites all your senses? You don’t have to go to a café for a good espresso. Just follow these recommendations and you can make, at home, an espresso the way Italians do.
Espresso is a coffee extract with a pleasant smell, strong flavour and dense nutty foam. It is prepared in a small cup of 25–30 ml. About 7g of freshly ground quality coffee beans are used to brew one serving.
Both its origin and name come from Italy. The word “espresso”, translated literally, means “putting under pressure”, which exactly characterises its method of preparation. Real espresso is brewed under 9 bar of steam pressure that guarantees the full flavour of the beverage. The temperature of the water reaches 90–95 degrees Celsius. Preparation is very fast and doesn’t take longer than 22 seconds.
The first espresso machine was made in 1901. Since then, coffee machines have improved a lot. In addition, people long for making an espresso at home by themselves, in the same quality they can get in a café. Fortunately, with the coffee machines currently available on the market it is not a problem.
TIP: Read how to choose the best coffee machine for your home or office.
Fully automatic coffee machines are the most comfortable choice for your home or office. You just need to fill it with high-quality coffee beans, add water into the tank and then press the relevant button.
To make a high-quality espresso in an automatic coffee machine you need:
For one cup take 7 g of freshly ground coffee. Before switching the machine on, check the coffee for clumps. They could cause the water to flow through unevenly and change the final taste of the beverage. If there are any clumps, break them up with a fork.
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1) Use a proper coffee grinder to grind the best quality beans. 100% Arabica or a blend of Arabica and Robusta are the best choices in this case.
2) Fill the warm and clean portafilter basket with 7g of fresh ground coffee.
3) Using a coffee tamper, press the grinds in the portafilter basket.
4) Empty the water from the brew head.
5) Wipe the drip tray with a cloth.
6) Load the full portafilter into the machine.
7) Let your real espresso pour into a preheated cup of 25–30 ml. It takes about 20–22 seconds. A thin, steady coffee flow should pour into the cup.
TIP: Never let the coffee flow for longer than 22 seconds. Apart from aromatic oily substances, you would extract additional compounds which should not be in a real espresso. It mainly concerns tannins and woody substances that completely change the taste of your coffee.
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