Want to know how to pour the perfect espresso shot? You know, the kind that's rich and creamy? Follow these simple steps.
Things You Will NeedAn Espresso Maker (preferably electric pump)
Fresh Unground Espresso Roasted Beans
A Coffee Grinder
Two Shot Glasses
Cool room temperature water
Step 1The first thing you want to do is fill up your espresso maker with cool room temperature water. Having the water too warm or hot, can burn the coffee grounds and lead to a bitter taste.
Step 2Grind your fresh coffee beans. For the ideal espresso shot, you want your beans to be whole, and sealed until just before you grind them. When looking at the beans, you should be able to see a light oil covering from the beans. If you have an espresso setting on your grinder use that, otherwise grind for about 11 seconds.
Step 3Pour an empty shot. Before loading your espresso machine with your coffee grinds, you want to pour a warmer shot using water. This will allow the hot water to heat all the elements of the espresso machine, ensuring that your espresso shot is at the ideal temperature.
Step 4Next, load your coffee grinds. When you load your espresso machine with the coffee grinds, make sure the grinds are packed neatly (but not over packed) and the grinds are level. At the same time you want to make sure that your cup is heated. If your espresso machine has a hot plate, place your cup upside down on the heat plate during the entire process. Being upside down allows it to capture the heat rising from the plate.
Step 5Pour your shot. Make sure that you allow the shot to finish completely. Too often, people either stop pouring the shot before the creme forms on top, or allow it to go too long thus burning the grinds or over extracting. You should stop when your shot are full, no more, no less.
If you've followed these steps your espresso shot should have a dark rich base that slow blends to a creamy head. If you plan on making an americano make sure you add water within 30 seconds, the average time it takes for a shot to "die." (I.e., it loses its ability to evenly blend.)
Now sit back, pair it with a nice piece of dark chocolate and enjoy.