Making the perfect espresso at home, baristas (professional coffee makers) know how to make an excellent cup of coffee and they all have their own way of perfecting it. Once they achieve perfection they tend to create an espresso the same way, time after time. Hence the reason you will see people returning to their shop frequently. Here is my suggestion for making the perfect espresso at home………
Let’s start at the beginning. Water, this is just as vital as the beans you choose. You need the water to be clear and clean. Don’t just take water straight from the tap, let it run from the tap for a while and wait until you can see that it is clear. Water needs to be fresh, any that you have in your machine, empty it out and cleanse the container, properly. The ideal temperature for perfect espresso is boiling point.
To make the perfect espresso at home you need the correct beans. Making sure that they are pre-roasted, fresh within a couple of days and that the small of the beans is to your taste.
Robusta is a type of coffee that I use occasionally in my espresso machine, it is not perfect, but it costs less than Arabica and it only has a small amount of flavour in comparison. It also contains a lot of caffeine. Growing this type of coffee bean id considered to be the easiest. It is also disease resistant compared to other coffee trees.
Burr or Grinder
Coffee should be ground in what is called a burr. They are shaped like a pyramid and consist of plates with 2 teeth. The coffee is forced in between, which grinds the coffee beans. Some coffee types like French roasts are a lot darker so it’s best to grind these types.
The plates determine the coarseness of the grind. You need to get the grains quite fine but not like dust or as large as gravel. Some machines now have grinders combined with the coffee machine, this is better than using pre-ground coffee.
To get the best cup of coffee, you do need a good machine. If you are content with using a machine that uses pods or capsules, then that’s your choice. These machines are generally cheaper and do make a good cup of coffee. They are also a great starting point.
To make the coffee a machine needs to use pump pressure, 9 bar is what’s used in most coffee shops, although espresso machine for the home are normally around 15 bar.
To make the perfect espresso at home a coffee machine with a thermobloc is best. The thermobloc acts just like a central heating boiler, it heats the water as it pours.
Espresso at Home – Making Coffee
Read the instructions that come with your machine first. A lot of machines now you only have to add water, select your coffee option and press the go button/
With other machines you need to warm up the water, flush a small amount through, making sure that the machine is clean. Next add your ground beans into the hopper and lightly pack them down.
Secure the hopper back onto the machine, making sure that it is tight. Most machines lock into place.
I advise you to warm up your cup first, then place onto the tray and start to make your coffee. Soon you will have your perfect espresso at home.
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