Having the right espresso can simply make your day. From that flavorful taste matched by a wonderfully rich aroma, it blends just right to deliver the right atmosphere keeping your thoughts free and vivid. Sounds like a nice story and yes, it is. But the thing is, having the right espresso can be had if know some tricks. And these are the things that you need to check.
Water can be one huge factor for the taste. Did you know that there are numerous elements in the water that can break a perfectly made espresso? It really boils down to chemistry. Some elements like too much calcium or fluorine affects the tastes of coffee beans. When this happen, it’s not just the flavor that is affected, it’s the aroma as well. Thus, to make sure only pure water gets into your beans, filtration becomes necessary. Utilizing filters eliminates the unwanted elements thus making sure only the best flavors comes out from each shot.
Many people prefer one brand over the other. The reason for this is how the manufacturers produce from planting of the beans to their roasting process. All of these allows for minute variables that results to that unique flavor from various brands. There’s no perfect rule over this matter as each person has its own preferred taste. Thus, it will be a good idea to start experimenting with various brands to see the difference. But what you should not miss on the bean’s packaging is the manufacturing date. Coffee beans in air tight container should last for a year or two. But if you are particular with the flavor, you should try to choose the one with the latest manufacturing date indicated, not more than 6 months to be sure. Also, after opening, make sure that you store the extra beans in an air tight container in order to preserve the precious flavor and aroma.
Fine extraction requires hot water but not just any “hot” water. You need to work your way through trial and error in order to achieve and know the right amount of temperature. These temperatures are specified by manufacturers of espresso machines and there are machines that permit variable temperature. Working around 90-95 degrees centigrade should do the trick. And remember that too much might actually burn your grounds that can result to nasty flavor.
Modern coffee grinders have several settings. This results to varying ground sizes. And the size of grounds has a huge effect on whether you wanted fuller and stronger flavor or light and easy ones. Take note of the resulting flavors from various ground sizes. This will be your guide as to how you wanted you espresso will be the next time.
Although seen as a simple part of extraction, proper tamping actually results to better flavors. Even tamping, using the right pressure, restricts water flow. This allows the water and coffee grounds to interact better resulting to better espressos. You need to practice the technique over this as it can have negative effects over your extraction.