How to Make an Espresso

How to Make an Espresso:

An espresso is the quintessential ingredient in all espresso-based drinks, like cappuccinos, lattes, and mochas. But what is an espresso exactly?


A third-wave espresso is a 30-50 ml [yield] beverage

  • prepared from 16-22 grams [dose] of dry coffee, through which
  • clean water of 192°-202°F/ 92°-95°C [temperature]
  • has been forced at 9-10 bars [atmospheres of pressure], and where
  • the coarseness and fineness of the coffee [grind] is such that
  • the brewing process [flow time] from start to finish is approximately 20-30 seconds.

During brewing, the flow of the espresso will appear to have the viscosity of warm honey and the resulting beverage will exhibit a thick, dark, golden crema.

Thus, the dose, water temperature, pressure, grind, and flow time of coffee will effect the  yield and the outcome of an espresso. The goal of every barista, roaster, and coffee connoisseur is to find coffee with the perfect combinations of the above parameters.

Now, go out and impress people with your random coffee knowledge! And as always, thank you for reading and joining me on this #internationalcoffeejourney


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