Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Making An Amazing Cup Of Espresso

By Nik Levesque

Sometimes you just want to stay in and make your own cup of espresso instead of heading out to the local coffee house. Not only that, but making it at home is a lot less money since sometimes a shop charges insane amounts for just one cup.

Probably the first and most important thing to remember is that you need to start with the highest quality and most fresh ingredients as you can find and afford. One recommendation that I have always used is to try to only keep beans for about one week.

When you are grinding beans for your next brew, only grind the amount you need for that time. If you grind too much and then use it later, the coffee will not be as fresh tasting. Grinding releases oils in the beans that give you all the flavor. The fresher the grind, the better the espresso. If you can, also use a burr grinder because they will give you a much better grind to extract the flavors from.

When buying your beans, it is important to choose lightly roasted beans. A lot of people make the mistake of using the dark roasted variety. If you use a dark roast bean you will find that your end product will be very bitter.

There are many excellent espresso machines available in many different department stores, specialty shops and online websites. Do some research on all the different machines available and read reviews as well. After you are confident in what you need and can afford, make your decision.

When you have aquired your chosen espresso machine, it may take a few trys and experiments to get the right brew but with some patience and practice, you will soon be making that perfect cup. Remember that the process is pretty much the same no matter what machine you use. You can even look on youtube for some excellent tutorials.

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