For coffee lovers around the world, a well-brewed espresso is “the real coffee”. Scientific American explains that the process of making espresso makes “the real taste of coffee” to come out. In this process, pressure pushes the steam or hot water into the finely ground coffee beans.
People love espresso and they flock to coffee shops to enjoy this delicious beverage. As espresso machines designed for home users become popular, more and more people make espresso at home. So how exactly is espresso made? Read on to find out.
We will not delve into the agriculture part of coffee beans. Suffice it to say that planting coffee is a huge industry itself. We will start our discussion with the blending of coffee beans to achieve that unique taste.
The first step is called blending. Blending is done to combine the desirable characteristics of different coffee beans. You can make your own blend but it takes some time even for the most seasoned coffee experts to come up with the perfect blend. The freshness of the blend is also very important.
The next step is the roasting process. The most common mistake made during roasting is roasting the coffee beans too dark. This gives a burnt, bitter taste. To preserve the aroma and sugars of the coffee beans, roast lightly.
Another crucial step is the grinding. During grinding, the oils previously protected within the coffee beans are released. These oils once exposed to air oxidizes making the coffee taste stale. Grind only what you need.
What’s often not given much importance in the preparation of espresso is tamping. Tamping helps make the water that passes through he coffee run evenly. Make sure that there are no empty spaces.
The water used for espresso must be filtered. You don’t want minerals to alter the taste of your espresso.
Temperature must be kept stable. Same with the water pressure. Between 9 and 10 ATM is ideal.
Extraction for two 1 ounce cups shouldn’t take longer than 30 seconds and not less 25 seconds. All the processes above expect for the grinding part shouldn’t take longer than 30 seconds.
Be sure to keep the espresso machine clean. This is to ensure that the next batches of coffee you make doesn’t taste rancid.
Even the cup you use for your espresso should be taken into consideration. Use a cup that has thick walls and narrow mouth to keep the heat and aroma.
Making espresso is an art and it takes practice. But with patience and determination, you’ll be able to make your perfect espresso.Immobilienmakler Heidelberg Makler Heidelberg
Source by Adrian Beltran