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Espresso Brewing Guide

History of Espresso

There’s one simple truth you need to know which is making espresso in the traditional way is much harder than other brewing methods. But it all falls down to patience, practice and perseverance. Realistically, you’ll need to experiment with your equipment until you find the perfect sweet spot for your espresso. With that said, we’ve outlined the basic beginner steps to give you an idea for how to use this coffee brewing machine.

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The best type of coffee for espresso...

We recommend using a dark roast if you want to make great espresso

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Where to buy an espresso machine?

The best type of coffee for espresso...

We recommend using a dark roast if you want to make great espresso

How to make coffee with an Espresso machine Step-by-step

  • 1. Twist the portafilter on the espresso machine from right to left until it dislodges from the grouphead.
  • 2. Flush your grouphead properly with hot water.
  • 3. If you want a double shot, you’ll need to grind between 18-21g of coffee.
  • 4. Empty the portafilter for any excess residue
  • 5. Put your coffee into your portafilter. Distribute and level it with a light shake.
  • 6. Using a hand tamper, you’ll want to firmly compress your grounds. Place your portafilter on a flat surface and apply pressure downwards.
  • 7. Position your portafilter in the grouphead and lock it in by twisting from left to right.
  • 8. When your espresso is poured, stop the waterflow
  • 9. Put your cup under the spout. Once all is in place, start your water flow.

What you'll need

  • Espresso Machine
  • Boiling Water (250g)
  • Coffee grinder (burr)
  • Digital Scale
  • Timer
  • Coffee cup
  • Coffee beans (15g)
  • Tamper

How long it takes

  • From bean to cup
  • 4 Minutes

Espresso Brew Guide - FAQ

  • 1. Whole bean coffee is always best
  • 2. Finer grinds will give you sweeter coffee
  • 3. Over extract your coffee and it’ll taste bitter

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