You have already purchased that machine. You have all the ingredients ready. All you have to do now is to just let it run and you’ll get your favorite coffee mix, perfectly brewed and ready to go. Of course, it is not as easy as it sounds.
While the espresso maker makes the lives of coffee lovers much easier, it takes much more to create that perfect cup of latte or cappuccino. If you want to create the best latte using your espresso machine, then make sure to read these tips. That unless your machine is a fully automatic one, that delivers your desired drink at the touch of a button. Even then, the perfectionist might need some adjustments.
You need the best quality ingredients – It is a no-brainer that using the best ingredients will translate into a good product. As such, if you want the
best espresso, your ingredients should be of the best quality. Coffee beans will be discussed in detail in the next section. Water should be clean and
adequately purified, as excess minerals and sediment can leave a bad taste in your water. It also helps if you use fresh milk, cream, and other ingredients.
Ingredients Continued – More Precisely Coffee Beans
Your coffee beans should be well-prepared – Make it a habit to shop for the best coffee beans.
Good-quality beans are grown in good soil and are freshly harvested. The roasting should also be done right. Some levels of roasting are most appropriate for specific coffee blends. Grinding should also be done correctly as it helps with proper infusion. Coffee beans to be used in espresso machines usually have a finer grind.
Brewing Variables – Get them Right
Get the heat and pressure right – Heat and pressure are 2 elements that are crucial for creating the best-quality coffee. When preparing espresso, the most recommended temperature is measured at 195-205 degrees F.
Some espresso machines have built-in thermostats and/or allow you to control the temperature. For manual espresso makers, the tamp is the main source of pressure. Modulating both temperature and pressure is a science, and the experts use both of these factors to their advantage.
Maintenance – Very Important
Keep your espresso machine in top shape – Keeping your espresso machine in top shape is critical to get great-quality coffee at all times.
Constant use of the machine will leave impurities in the chamber, which can then tamper with the flavor of your drink. As such, it is important that you clean your machine from time to time. Some let the professionals do the work, but you can actually do it yourself too.
These are just a few of the things you need to learn as in training home barista. Just by following these 4 tips, you can make good coffee at all times using your espresso machine. However. if you are like me, you never stop learning.
For a great and comprehensive guide, I recommend this page on how to make espresso. There is a lot of info on the subject, and the navigation is decent.
A great community to ask “silly coffee questions” is Reddit. They never stop to amaze me with the amount of good answers they give to newbies.