How to Make Espresso That Tastes Great
Ever wonder how to make the perfect espresso that comes out rich and tasty every time? Well you really don’t need any fancy tools or machines and once you spend some time practicing it becomes pretty easy.
Personally, I love waking up every morning and brewing a nice hot coffee, whether it’s a foamy cappuccino or rich espresso but there are a few things you want to keep in mind during the brewing process.
I’m hear to give you some guidance and tips on how to make great espresso at home and whether you are using a dedicated espresso machine or simply a Moka Pot.
How to Use an Espresso Machine
- Make sure you finely grind the beans. As a high pressure of steam will be sent through the grounds you want them as fine as possible for the best flavor and aroma. A coarse ground won’t be as effective and you’ll be wasting some of the beans.
- Use cold water.
- Use one tablespoon of your ground beans for every ounce of water.
- Evenly pack the beans in the coffee basket. You should use a large spoon, or a tamper, to make sure the ground beans are tightly and evenly packed.
- Make sure the beans are level in the basket to prevent any spillage. If the ground beans aren’t level you run the risk of some spillage or overflow once you start the machine. No one likes a mess so make sure they are even and level!
- It’s ready when the crema has formed on the top of the espresso and not any sooner. If you remove your espresso mug before the crema has formed you are missing out on a lot of flavor. Once the cream has turned white and is no longer brown and foaming it’s ready for you to drink.
How to Use a Moka Pot on the Stove
- Make sure you grind the beans as finely as possible. A finer grind is ideal for the most enhanced taste and a foamier crema.
- Use cold water and fill up the pot to the line. If you can’t see the fill line or your Moka pot doesn’t have one then you’ll have to eyeball it. Make sure the steam valve isn’t blocked or else you won’t be able to brew your espresso.
- Add the coffee basket to the Moka pot and fill it most of the way (75%) full of the ground beans.
- Allow the beans to settle loosely on their own and avoid packing them down. The ground beans will spread out and expand as they become full of moisture so don’t pack them down or your espresso won’t taste as good or be able to fully develop.
- Screw on the lid of the Moka pot.
- Set your oven to medium heat. If the heat is too hot your coffee will boil and you’ll be left with a bitter and flavorless beverage. Medium heat is ideal and if you’re using a gas range stick to a lower setting since they tend to burn hotter.
- Once the Moka pot is screaming noisily you can remove it from the heat and enjoy your espresso.
Making your own espresso at home will save you money in the long run and allow you to further enjoy your coffee drinking experience. You can fiddle with different beans and techniques and you’ll soon find the best methods you prefer for brewing your own drinks.
Remember, practice makes perfect so if you don’t get it right the first time don’t give up! Keep trying and eventually you’ll know how to make espresso at home better than any cafe!