Espresso. What is it and how to do it?

Espresso

Espresso is obtaining from a process which make coffee going through a machine that is able to run high pressure hot water, normally between 5 and 15 bars.  

This is carefully done by bar experts.

This post will be focus on knowing basic elements to prepare a good espresso for those who enjoy this kind of coffee in bars and restaurants.

Also, it is thought to those who have an espresso coffee machine at home.

On the other hand, we will advise you about how to prepare an excellent espresso.

 

1.- Using an excellent coffee. Waiters or waitress can be very good doing coffee but they can do nothing without a good coffee.   
 
2.- Grain milling, espresso requires a very fine grounded coffee. It should be like a sugar grain. From Café Sabora advise you to ground coffee every day.  
 
3- Other very important part of agood coffee is water; if it is high quality water, espresso coffee will be better. Water used for doing coffee should not have tastes or smells because coffee taste and aroma can be modified. 
 
4- A good coffee machine it is also important. This machine should use a high water pressure ¡ and an adequate water temperature to obtain the best of coffee. 
 
Now it is important to focus on the coffee machines, its main element is the pressure pump which differentiates this coffee machines from those that coffee is obtained by coffee drip. Pressure pump coffee machines uses earth gravity to make hot water go thought the filter coffee. 
 
The person in charge of manipulating this machine and make coffee is key to obtain the best espresso. From his or her ability using the machine depends the quality of the offered service. 
 
If you are doing espresso at home by yourself, by training and getting information you will improve your coffee espresso quality. 
 

Espresso coffee preparation means a ritual which combines technique and art and it has its own rules which are: 

 
Coffee quantity               7 -7,5g
Water temperatura      88-92ºC
Water pressure            9-15 bar
Time preparation           20-30 secs
                          
High pressured and fast water comes out over the coffee that´s why coffee beans should be grounded very thin, otherwise water would go at a bigger speed through coffee and you will not get coffee espresso special taste. 
 
making espresso coffe
 
A blade mil is used normally at home, it ground coffee through fast spinning blades. 
 
This kind of mil is too thick for an espresso machine. Also ground is graduated in these mils according to work time, a thin powder implies a lot of time working with fast blades. Temperature is increased locally and the toasted point of coffee is changed. 
 
Professional coffee ground is done by serrated disks which obtain a ground similar to a thin powder. So, once the coffee is compressed it will be an adequate resistance to pressurized water. 
Grounded coffee is what explains that even using an espresso machine at home is possible do not get the same taste than an espresso done in a bar or restaurant. 
 

Recommendations for your espresso coffee: 

Espresso coffee machines do not use coffee sold by supermarkets, both soluble coffee and ground coffee beans. Normally, coffee beans are sold with a level of ground adequate to coffee machines with filter, espresso coffee machines needs special coffees. 
 
Café Sabora offers a wide range of coffees for bars and restaurants thought to be used in espresso coffee machines. 
 
If your home tap water is not good or it contains a big amount of alkaline metals we will recommend you to use still water for your espresso coffee. 
 
Making espresso coffee, a big amount of cream is obtained. Quality can be valuated depending of coffee final result.  
 
Dark color with a White point or a black hole in the middle means that espresso has been high extracted because coffee has been grounded very thin, a big amount of coffee has been employed to prepare this drink or the amount of time has been too long.
 
Clear and fragile color means a low extracted coffee. This could be because of a short time of extraction, the amount of coffee was less than the required, coffee beans grounded were thicker than the required or even a combination of the previous factors.  
Remember that the machine requires a regularly maintenance and wastes must be cleaned and removed. It is important to clean it after each use. If this is not done the following coffee can be damaged. 
 
Coffee must be always kept in a close bowl and in a fresh dry and dark place. Remember that 100% natural coffee can be affected by environment, humidity, light, smells and so on.  
Finally, we will talk about white coffee done by an espresso coffee machine as well. 
 
One of the main features of espresso coffee, at least for professionals, is their vaporizers which get extracted water vapor which allows heating milk obtaining delicious creamy foam. This foam gives a special taste to this kind of coffee in bars and restaurants. 
 
To enjoy a good espresso coffee, you should look for a coffee shop that takes care about these details and if you want to get all of this at home it is important to be patient, practicing and using the best coffee. 
 
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Do you do coffee at home or do you prefer go to the coffee shop?

 
To enjoy a good espresso coffee, you should look for a coffee shop that takes care about these details and if you want to get all of this at home it is important to be patient, practicing and using the best coffee. 
 
I hope that you liked the post, and if you do please share it on social networks. We will be thankful. 
 
Do you do coffee at home or do you prefer go to the coffee shop?
 
 

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