It is simply a concentrated coffee brewed by forcing hot water under high pressure through finely ground coffee. It is different to other brewing methods as it has a thicker consistency, is highly concentrated, has an intense flavour and of course beautiful crema.
This classic Italian brewing method and the godfather of today’s café culture society has changed the way we enjoy and drink our coffee.
So what is the key to good espresso?
There are many coffee shops and restaurants brewing espresso but many are less than satisfactory. The key to ensure that the espresso is good lies in the quality and ability of the espresso machine to produce the right pressure as well as ensuring that the blend of coffee you used is multi-layered. Past this, it becomes the responsibility of a skilled barista to produce great espresso with outstanding crema and with sweet intense flavour notes.
When you order an espresso based beverage anywhere it should always have a sweet base, it should be full of flavour and it should never ever be bitter. Bitter espresso is generally over extracted, burnt or simply made using a stale or cheap blend of coffee. When you watch espresso being pulled, it should always look like honey dripping off a spoon. Espresso that gushes out of an espresso machine will be flavourless.
Some of these pointers are key to ensuring you enjoy your latte or daily cappuccino…and if you are ever in doubt, ask your barista.
via Sandy Barlow