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Making Espresso At Home

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There are many types of espresso machines available. The Price range is from under $100 to around $700. All espresso machines work by forcing hot pressurized water through espresso coffee that is tightly packed into a filter basket to make individual cups of espresso.

The Perfect Cup Of Espresso

There are four variables to consider when brewing the perfect cup of espresso. These are grind, quantity of of grounds, tamp, and rate of pour.

1. Grind: Espresso beans should be ground very finely. Ask a knowledgeable person or consult the the coffee grinder's instructions for specifics.

2. Quantity of grounds: The proper amount of grounds to place in the filter basket.

3. Tamp: This refers to the grounds packing tightness in the filter basket.

4. Rate of pour: This refers to how fast or slow the coffee drips from the filter basket. Consult the manufacturer's instructions for specifics.

These four variables will have a greater affect on the final taste of the brewed espresso, than on the drip brewed coffee. Experimentation is required pertaining to the four variables as different machines have different operating pressures. Generally the higher the operating pressure, the finer the coffee grounds. If your machine has a adjustable temperature, the ideal range is 193 to 197 degrees Fahrenheit.

Brewing Essentials

Regardless of the equipment you use, there are essentials in order to make good espresso at home.

1. Use good quality freshly roasted espresso beans.

2. Use clean equipment. Coffee contains oils and other substances that if not removed/cleaned can adversely affect the next brew.

3. Use fresh water. If your tap water has minerals or other taste altering substances, consider using filtered or bottled water.

4. Use the correct grind. The best time to grind the beans is before brewing. If you must store unused beans use an airtight container.

5. Use the right amount of coffee. This is determined by your machine capacity, and will affect the rate of pour.

6. Use the correct water temperature. Some machines have an automatic setting.

7. Serve espresso immediately after brewing.

Espresso taste

Beyond good quality beans, fresh water, and clean equipment, the secret to a good cup of espresso is to extract the proper amount of coffee essence. If the tamping is too tight or the ground is too fine.