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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

How to Make Espresso

 by Kainoa Louis


Espresso is a concentrated form of coffee and is brewed by using pressurized hot water and forcing it through finely ground coffee. The backbone of a perfect cup of espresso lies in how it is made. Water temperature and the quality of the coffee beans are essential components in contriving a flavorful espresso. Coffee beans undergo a roasting process that attributes to their boldness and taste. When the bean is ground, and depending on how finely this is done, it is possible for levels of flavor to come through. Espresso, however, is not a specific bean or roast level but refers only to the method of application.

When selecting which beans to use from Arabica Coffee, it is always best to choose Arabica over Robusta. However, if you are in the market for powdered espresso, it is recommended to purchase a very finely ground and roasted type. This ensures quality as well as flavor. If you're new to espresso and need some advice, it's always helpful to ask someone well versed in the art.

Beans should always be extremely fresh, black in color and contain a very strong aroma. The choice of bean will drive the depth and constitution of the espresso. To make espresso, you will need the proper equipment. Usually stainless steel items that come with wooden handles, heatproof lids, and rubber washers are generally the best. A top of the line machine will brew about 1.5 ounces within the first twenty-five seconds. If you can clearly see cream on the surface of your espresso, your machine - and you - are doing an excellent job.

The key to a perfect cup of espresso is integrating the machine's pressure, the quality of the roaster and blender and finally, the skills of the person making it. If all constituents work in unison and are of the finest materials, the espresso is bound to be delicious. Remember, using fresh, filtered, cold water with higher concentration of oxygen makes a better quality espresso. If the water is heated between 197 - 205 degrees Fahrenheit, there will be optimal extraction of flavor.

Once you're ready to actually begin your espresso adventure, be sure to have all your ingredients set up. Fill the lower chamber of the pot with water. Next, fill the basket with coffee and use the bottom portion of a spoon to rid of any air pockets that could compromise the espresso. Be sure to fill in gaps around the rim. Next, place the pot on low to medium heat until the steam pushes out the remaining water. Once this happens reduce the heat to low. After the majority of water has left the chamber, you will hear an intermittent bubbling sound which is the cue to remove the espresso pot from the heat. Pour and serve.

Espresso is a wonderful way to enjoy coffee. If you have the proper tools and a keen eye and nose for quality, you can enjoy this superior style beverage.

Kainoa Louis loves a great cup of coffee and shares his passion for great coffee recipes at For more tips on making great espresso coffee be sure to visit his Web site.


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