|How to prepare Espresso Coffee at Home|
There are different ways you can prepare a nice cup of espresso coffee at home. The results can vary depending on how you prepare your coffee.
Here are 4 ways to turn your freshly roasted beans into a fulfilling beverage.
1. Coffee Plunger / French Press
To prepare your coffee using a plunger - also called french press - you will need a coarse grind.
For best results preheat the plunger using hot water. Then add one rounded tablespoon (10g) of coffee per 180ml of water that you are going to add. Heat cold water (filtered if possible) to just before boiling point and pour over the grounds. Make sure to leave a little room at the top of the plunger. Allow your coffee to steep for about 4 to 5 minutes for a full, rich flavour then plunge and serve immediately.
2. Drip Filter
Use a medium grind with a drip filter to achieve best results.
Use hot water to preheat the pot. Then place a filter paper into the coffee reservoir. If your machine is using a built-in filter make sure to rinse it thoroughly. Place 1 rounded table spoon (10g) of you medium ground coffee per 180ml of water inter the centre of the filter. Pour cold water (filtered tastes best) into the reservoir and turn the machine on. Serve your brewed coffee in warmed cups for a wonderful cosy experience.
3. Stove Top Espresso
You will need a medium-fine grind for best results using a stove top espresso maker.
Fill the lower chamber of the espresso maker with cold water to the bottom of the pressure valve. Fill the filter with ground coffee and screw the pot together. Then place on a low to medium heat. Once the flow of espresso stops your coffee is ready to serve.
4. Espresso Machine
Use a fine grind for use with an espresso machine.
If you turned your machine off before, make sure to preheat it for 15 - 20 minutes. Fill the portafilter (group handle) with your finely ground coffee and lightly tamp to achieve an even, level surface to provide resistance to the pressured water. Attach the portafilter to your espresso machine. Place warmed cups under the spout and extract 30ml of espresso. If the grind is right extraction should take between 25 - 30 seconds. If you like you can add steamed milk before serving.
|Last Updated ( Sunday, 27 February 2011 16:43 )|