There are several considerations and many skills that assist to create the perfect espresso. Not only brewing, as many coffee drinkers would suspect. Coffee affectionatos seek the perfect brew of coffee, but are often disappointed due to adverse water conditions or badly ground beans keeping them from their perfect cup. Making the perfect espresso depends on the following factors which we’ve listed below.
The water quality used to brew the espresso is an extremely important ingredient. You should always use filtered, bottled, or distilled water. Mineral free water doesn’t adversely affect the flavor of the espresso and is desirable for a delicious result. In addition to making your coffee taste better, mineral free water reduces the number of times you need to de-calcify your brewing equipment. Overheated water makes coffee taste bitter, likewise cold water makes coffee weak. Coffee drinkers should never use tap water to extend their espresso machines life.
Quality of your coffee beans depends on the origin of the beans, the variety of bean and also the growing conditions, in particular the general climate. Also the storage conditions of your coffee beans on their journey to the roaster are also important.
All of these factors have an important effect on the quality of the espresso. Coffee is similar to a fine wine, imported beer, or single malt scotch in its complexity of flavor and aroma.
Those who appreciate the finer flavors of regional coffees and the effects that the environment has on a particular season’s crop are experts.
Most of us don’t concern ourselves with details of where our coffee beans originate. We are just looking for a good quality coffee, roasted to perfection and prepared with care. Keep in mind an expensive espresso machine isn’t a necessity when making a perfect coffee. The style of roasting that’s used also determines how it will taste. There are many grades of roast, they are usually distinguished by their color.
Espresso is traditionally roasted by placing coffee beans in a rotating drum over a flame. The drum is rotated in to even the temperature over all the beans. Different roasts are produced by adjusting the roasting time and temperature.
How you grind your beans is very, very important. This should not be underestimated when trying to make the perfect espresso. There are several factors to consider. Firstly, the method used to grind the beans to make a flavourful coffee. Secondly, the size of the grind, from coarse to fine depending on the type of coffee drink which you prefer. Finally, consideration of the length of time the beans will be stored after they’ve been ground. Remember its always advisable to use your ground coffee as soon as possible to avoid becoming stale.
Measure your water at room temperature to be exactly six ounces per cup of coffee and use two tablespoons of grounds for each six ounce cup. A second method is to experiment with different amounts of coffee water until you get the balance just right for your tastebuds.
Finally use cleaning equipment when roasting, grinding and brewing your coffee. You should wash everything with hot soapy water every time that you use it. It may look clean after rinsing, but I assure you it isn’t. Oils in coffee cling to metallic surfaces, taste bitter, and can ruin your perfect cup of espresso.