A rich and concentrated sip. The espresso brewing method is among the most difficult to do well at home. It can be accomplished with patience and a willingness to follow the rules. As you hone your skill, the beauty of a great cup of espresso will be worth the effort.
WHAT YOU NEED
– Espresso machine
– Double basket, bottomless portafilter
Fine Grind – 19 to 21grams (about 3 tablespoons)
AT A GLANCE
– Grind: Fine
– Filter: Portafilter
– Clean Portafilter
– Tamp grounds into the Portafilter
– Insert into espresso machine
– Drip into a fine cup
* The coffee should be ground with a quality burr grinder. You’re looking for a fine grind.
The shot should start with a slow drip, then develop into a gentle, even stream. Near the 30 second mark, the extraction will end, causing the shot to thicken and start “blonding.” Stop the shot just as this process begins.
*If it takes much longer to end, try a coarser grind. If it brews too quickly, try a finer grind.