How to Pull a Perfect Espresso Shot at Home
All those coffee lovers out there, a dream of becoming a 5-star barista like at Starbucks or Café Coffee Day and all the leading cafes. To master the art of brewing and to make a steaming cup of coffee to kick the sleep off, you first need to know the types of coffee. There are three types of coffees depending upon the concentration of milk and water.
- Latte: Latte is a regular coffee with half portion of milk and half portion of water. It is brewed under steam and pressure to make a cup.
- Cappuccino: Cappuccino is brewed with more concentration of milk and less concentration of water. It is usually made to savor during a conversation.
- Espresso: Espresso is made with real coffee and water. It is brewed under high steam and pressure. Espresso is usually consumed to kick the caffeine content in the body and stay up the whole night.
Not all of us have those professional coffee makers at home or a 24X7 barista, so let us look at some techniques to make a decent cup of espresso for the day. This tutorial will leave you with no confusion regarding how to make espresso at home.
What Will You Need To Follow This Tutorial?
All you will need to prepare this perfect espresso at your home is a few equipment such as:
- Aeropress machine.
- Equipment that can help you to stir tamp and grind the coffee beans (It can be the one vintage equipment your mom secretly suggested).
- Automatic Burr Grinder (If you are teaching your mom to prepare one).
In General, you will be required to buy coffee beans and have your favorite mug to pour the perfect espresso.
Step By Step Instructions
1. The Exact Measurement
You need to begin by grinding the coffee beans to the perfect size. To do this, you need to use a grinder that will allow you to grind the beans to the size of salt grains. This is the exact size, which you need to make an espresso.
Make sure you grind enough grind enough coffee beans to brew an espresso shot of 30-50ml. This is around 1 ounce of coffee beans that you need to grind. You can use a scale to measure some coffee beans that you will need.
2. The Boiling Point
Now, to begin the process of making an espresso, boil the water to up to 185-degree Celsius. After getting a rough idea of how much the water has boiled, remove it from the heat for 30 seconds. After this, boil it again up to nearly 205-degree Celsius.
It is usually recommended to boil the water up to 205-degree Celsius because that is when the coffee beans start to brew. However, if you have an Aeropress, you can switch between temperatures from 185-degrees to 205-degrees Celsius.
3. Grind the Beans
As we talked earlier, you need to grind the beans. This you can do when the water is boiling to reach the particular temperature. You need to crush the coffee beans to the most minimum size in order to get the best taste of your espresso.
To grind the beans to the smallest, you can use an Automatic Burr Grinder, which will grind your beans to the size of the salt particles.
4. The Weighing Part
After you have achieved the desired size of the beans, you can weigh them on the scale. You can even use a tablespoon to do that. Make sure you take a quantity of 30 grams of the coffee powder to make one cup of an espresso.
You have to use this in the Aeropress machine. Some people believe in buying the coffee powder from a supermarket, but you will not get the same quality and freshness in it. Therefore, it is always preferable to grind the seeds at home.
5. Aeropress Procedure
Using an Aeropress can be a tough job in the beginning, but once you are used to using it, nothing better. Aeropress helps you achieve the pressure you require and the temperature that is required to brew your coffee. To start with an Aeropress, put the drain cap and rinse it with hot water.
Put the mug below the drain and apply pressure over the lid. This will pour the coffee into your cup which will be real espresso. Make sure that the container is sturdy so that it does not break on repeated use or it does not fall down spilling the hot water on you.
6. Tamping The Coffee Beans
Put the coffee grounds in the Aeropress and tamp them down so that they do not lump up and are of the desired size. You can use a cylinder-shaped item to tamp the coffee beans down in the machine.
Now, what will be the amount of water you will require? Pour around 120 milliliters of water in the Aeropress and stir the solution. This is the exact amount you will need to make a mug of espresso.
8. Plunger and Resistance
As discussed in the above step, it's hard to use the plunger in the beginning, but eventually, you get used to it. When you press the plunger for the first time, you will face a little resistance from the machine, but you have to be confident and keep pressing it.
This will give the exact pressure and release it when it is completely pressed. It will automatically come up.
9. Perfect Espresso in The Mug
When the procedure is completed, you will get a perfect espresso in your mug. Serve it in your coffee mug and enjoy the rest of the day on caffeine. To clean the Aeropress, press the plunger in the dustbin to remove the grounds and rinse it with hot water.
We hope this was an easy method to prepare the perfect espresso. With a little knowledge, you will be able to make the coffee here with this method. If at all, you have found a loophole in or a shortcut in your new method, you might want to share it in the comments sections. But then, we all make mistakes.
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