Espresso machine, coffee, cup

Size really does matter, when it comes to a great cup of coffee.  And if you’re looking for more muscle in your mug, smaller is surely better.  It really is incredible how much power can be packed into a teensy cup of espresso.

There are all types of coffee, made in all types of machines.  Hand brew machines, drip machines,  and old-fashioned presses remain popular options.  Pod machines are the newest appliances taking up space in haute couture kitchens.  But if you like the richest cup of coffee, listen to the experts:  stick to espresso machines.

Not for the faint of heart, espresso is the coffee of choice for those who prefer a rich, full flavour.  As with any type of coffee, the secret to brewing success is starting out with coffee beans that have been ground to the proper consistency.   As a matter of fact, proper grinding is paramount to good espresso.  If the grind is too coarse, the espresso will be watery and weak .  Too fine, on the other hand, and the outcome will be a bitter tasting, overly extracted espresso.

In order to obtain the perfect grind, put your daily coffee grinder away and buy a special espresso grinder, or use the burr grinder available with many espresso machines.  The correct grind will guarantee the best flavour.  Proper grinders work to release the essential   flavours and oils from your espresso beans.

there’s more, of course, to the perfect brew than just the beans.  The brewing process is equally essential is creating a delicious cup of espresso.

If your espresso machine has a good pump, your espresso will be fully brewed within the recommended 15 to 20 second time limit.  Ideally, there will be dark brown foam called “crema” forming on the surface as the espresso is dripping into the coffee cup.  Timing is of the essence when taking away the cups from brewing machines.  Be sure to remove your cup before the liquid turns to a whitish-brown, or you will risk spoiling the whole cup.

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If brewed properly, the entire amount of espresso will not exceed one and a half fluid ounces.  Any more, and you’ve likely consumed too much water, resulting in a bitter tasting espresso.

Now,  you need not go to a restaurant for a great cup of espresso.  Anyone desiring a truly  robust, rich coffee experience and brew it right at home with a good quality espresso machine.

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