Saturday, May 14, 2016

13 steps to brewing perfect espresso

Follow these easy steps to brew perfect espresso every time.

1.Remove portafilter from group head. Purge group head. Dry wipe filter basket.

2.Place portafilter in grinder prongs, dose coffee as it grinds into filter basket until basket is slightly over full. Or, if using auto dosing mechanism, chamber at least 2/3 full of grounds, coffee pull handle once for single, twice for double.

3.Gently tap portafilter while dosing to settle grounds. This will assure ground coffee density and allow proper amount (7 grams single, 14 grams double) into portafilter.

4.Level excess grounds in filter basket to evenly disperse and “level,” wipe remainder into knock box. (This should be nominal if dosing correctly).

5.Use hand tamper and place evenly on coffee. Make sure tamp is level before applying pressure.

6.Tamp grounds firmly (using 30 lbs. of pressure), leaning into tamp with upper body weight, wrist straight and elbow at 90 degree angle directly over wrist. Next, press water button briefly to flush out stagnant water.

7.Quickly wipe the rim of the portafilter clean and free of grounds and insert securely into group head before pulling the shot. Do not leave it in group head to burn.

8.Push the appropriate brew button to begin brewing. Start timer.

9.Brew into a preheated demitasse cup if “for here,” shot glasses or paper “to go” cup if size permits.

10.Observe the flow of the quality of the espresso. Espresso should resemble warm honey dripping from a spoon or it might resemble the "tail of a mouse". Stop at the appropriate extraction level (single 1–1.25 ounce and 2–2.5 double) and time (20–25 seconds) if using manual switch or wait for program to complete.

11.Serve espresso, or use it to make the ordered espresso-based beverage immediately.

12.Knock out spent grounds. Spent coffee should look like a hockey puck (firm) when dosed and packed correctly. NEVER leave used coffee grounds in portafilter.

13.Dry wipe the filter basket and group head until clean. Reaffix the clean portafilter into the group head to ensure thermal stability.

Now you are ready to brew again!

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