This type of coffee is one that is made by a high-pressure approach in which hot water under pressure is made to move through the grounds. The translation of Espresso from Italian is “pressed out” The first espresso coffee machine was brought out in Italy around the early 1900 and since then it has seen a whole lot of changes. Today, these machines are so high-tech that they are able to make coffee using various hot water pressures, drawing different coffee tastes from the grounds base on how the person likes it. The person who works an coffee machine is deemed to be a coffee expert and is denoted to as a “barista”. Coffee machines are fitted with handles, which are used by baristas when they want to produce a cup of coffee. This act of pulling the lever is termed as “shot pulling”.

The most measurable extract in espresso coffee is the “crema”. Crema is the reddish foam that you can see afloat on top of the drink. It is a mixture of natural components  oils, proteins and sugar, present in the coffee grounds. The crema combined with the caffeine in the natural coffee produces a thick syrupy liquid that is rich, full of divine odour, and great to taste. Usually, it takes a barista about half a minute to pull a shot of espresso coffee. A freshly brewed coffee must not be stored, as it will lose its fresh taste and flavor.

Great Espresso Essentials

You probably have consumed many espresso coffees in your life and may feel that you are numero uno in revealing a great drink from a average one. Possibly you are right, but here are the necessities that a coffee drinker should know:

The roasted beans used should not be more than 2-4 days old.
The beans should not be roasted dark; else they will lose their natural components.
Use a good quality grinder to evenly grind the beans.
The beans should be freshly ground, preferably 30 seconds before producing a shot.
The water that a barista uses in an espresso machine has to be filtered.
The espresso cup must be pre-warmed  not from the shot poured into it, nor from the espresso machine. The cup should have thick walls and a narrow mouth so that it keeps aroma and taste of the espresso coffee.

Maybe you should check with your barista if he knows of these guidelines. Ultimately, there is nothing like a perfect drink. So long as you get a high quality espresso coffee, you should be delighted.

Ryan Somerton, the owner of Mighty Bean Coffee is passionate about all things related to coffee. Are looking for some tips or even coffee machines to better your coffee drinking endeavors, chances are you can find it at MightyBeanCoffee.com to find out more about Great Espresso Coffee Essentials

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