Espresso 101...an espresso education.
You love coffee, but maybe you feel a bit overwhelmed with the whole espresso, latte, cappuccino lingo? Come with me for a walk through Espresso elementary and learn everything there is to know to get you in and out of that coffee shop without feeling like you're going to embarrass yourself and learn how to make delicious espresso drinks at home! Espresso (pronounced eSpresso, never eXpresso) is a coffee, so the question isn’t “what” as much as it is “how.” How is espresso made? The quality of espresso severely depends on the way it is made. Start out with a coffee that is medium to dark roasted and push near boiling water through about 7 grams of compressed, very fine coffee grounds. Use an espresso machine ,of course. You pull the shot (meaning remove the espresso) in less than 30 seconds and then proceed to study the espresso you just made. Yes… actually look into the coffee and take note, because this is going to tell you whether or not you actually want to drink it! What you are looking at on top of the espresso is called crema. Crema is the tell-all of the quality of the cup. Here is what you need to look for (even when it is made by an expert in a coffeehouse) to ensure an outstanding quality espresso:
- Tiny speckles
- A golden red color
- A strong, fragrant aroma.