Espresso Coffee Makers
If you’ve refined your palate to enjoy the potent little cup of Italy’s finest creation, then you’ll want to spend a little more to make sure you can master the finicky brewing of espresso. Here’s a great list of viable machines to brew some fine espresso: our Top-Pick Espresso Machines for your Home.
Espresso is a very versatile cup of coffee. You can enjoy it all by it’s lonesome or incorporate it into hot or cold milk and add a ton of different enhancing flavors. And to ensure you get that fantastic cup of espresso every time, follow the same rules as above for purchasing, storing and using the right grind.
But for espresso, you’re using an entirely different method of brewing to create a super potent yet tiny cup of coffee. High pressure is added to the hot water to quickly extract as much flavor as possible from a small portion of coffee. The grind used for espresso should be very fine, almost like a powder. Each machine will have it’s own quirks and minor differences, so be sure to read the manuals. But in general, you want to use between 16 to 20 grams of finely ground coffee (and any bean you’re partial to will work, don’t be fooled into only using “Espresso” roasted beans) with 4-5 pounds of tamping force.
The beauty of making espresso is the fine tuning you’ll need to do to make that cup that’s just right for you. So, don’t be frustrated if your first efforts produce bitter or sour espresso that wrinkles your nose. Keep experimenting with the amount of coffee used, the fineness of the grind and the amount of tamp pressure you use. You’ll find what works best for you and you’ll be proud of the unique little cup of espresso you’ve made.
My personal choice for making espresso at home has gone through a similar journey and I loved it and the machine I use, which you can read a full review of by clicking here. And take care of your machine, follow the cleaning instructions in the manual to make sure you’ll have years of joy from it.