"What is Espresso" is a widely asked question. Espresso is a method of rapid coffee brewing using pressure, which has spread all over the world from Italy.
Espresso is prepared by passing hot water through the coffee in a very short time with high pressure. It can be transformed into coffees such as Americano and Macchiato. Espresso contains more coffee and less water than filtered coffee. For this reason, espresso has a richer aroma.
Espresso machine is the most reliable equipment to get a good espresso. Espresso machine allows to prepare quality coffees by passing 88-93 degree water through the coffee with 9 bar pressure.
There are some strict rules that must be followed in order to make a perfect espresso shot. Factors such as the grinding thickness and weight of the coffee significantly affect the aroma of the coffee.
Below you can find out how to use espresso machine and our recipe.
An average single espresso shot will require 7 grams of dark roasted coffee grounds (approximately 50 coffee beans). Coffee beans should be ground as fine as powder & sea sand (fine than filter coffee, coarser than Turkish coffee).
If you grind your coffee too finely, your extraction time will be longer, the pressure will spoil the coffee and more bitter flavors will occur. If you grind it coarser, the water flow will accelerate, you will not be able to get the aroma and more sour tastes will be revealed.
The beans used, whether Arabica or Robusta, must be of good quality. The original Italian espresso uses a 30-50% Robusta blend. The reason for this is the thought that single origin coffees can cause the taste we call 'sour'. In addition, it is the Robusta bean in its content that increases the creaminess of the espresso.
Espresso name comes from the word esprimere which means 'to express' or 'to press out'. Oftentimes, you'll hear Europeans order caffè espresso or pressed-out coffee.
Put 7 grams of ground coffee (for single shot) into portafilter and distribute the grounds evenly with a finger. Use a tamper to tamp down on the grounds with 15 kg pressure. The aim of tamping is to remove any air pockets in the coffee puck.
Insert the portafilter to the group head and start brewing. If you don’t start brewing immediately, the heat from the group head might “burn” the surface of your coffee which leads to bitter notes in the cup.
After 30 seconds espresso should be ready. 30 ml of water has passed through the coffee and left its aromas in the cup, and a delicious espresso is ready to drink.
One of the important indicators of a good espresso is the cream on it. Ideally, 5-6 mm of cream should be formed.
Clean the basket from any old coffee and moisture, rinse the group head and insert the portafilter back to the group head.
Espresso Martini & Tonic & Powder
Espresso Martini is a drink made with just 3 simple ingredients ; vodka, coffee liqueur and a single espresso. It is a drink that “will wake you up and then crash”.
Served in a Martini glass, the cocktail is recommended as a party drink or as an after-dinner digestive. You’ll also love this espresso martini for a fun cocktail at home.
Place the espresso (50 ml), vodka (100 ml), and coffee liqueur (50 ml) in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with coffee beans (optional).
It's based on a pretty simple recipe: double espresso and iced tonic.
Espresso tonic is usually made with a 1:2 ratio of espresso to tonic water. Pour the tonic water over ice in your glass first before slowly adding the coffee on top. This allows the bubbles to settle and avoids any overflow.
It is a product used in baking to highlight and strengthen the chocolate flavor in recipes such as cakes, pastries, cookies, smoothies and pudding. It is made from ground espresso beans that have been brewed, dried, and then ground into a fine powder.
Preheat oven to 77 °C. Spread espresso beans in a single layer onto a baking sheet. Bake until grounds are dry and slightly crunchy, about 1-3 hours. Remove from the oven, transfer to coffee grinder and process to a fine powder.
Espresso vs Coffee
If you take an equal amount of espresso and coffee, the espresso will have much more caffeine.
Coffee machine uses gravity, Espresso machine uses pressure.
Espresso has crema on it, coffee has not.
For Espresso machine, fine grind and dark roasted coffee is needed. For coffee machine medium-fine grind and light-medium roast coffee is preferred.
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