Fresh ground coffee beans are essential for creating a flavorful cup of Joe, with its delectable aroma. When beans are ground in the store or pre-ground beans are used, they lose their freshness and your coffee loses its flavor potential.
However, grinding coffee beans at home can be a time-consuming process. You may have difficulty achieving your ideal grind or you may create shambles. Additionally, a coffee grinder is a useful appliance to keep in your cupboards.
While you can find beans labeled "espresso" at the grocery store or on the shelf, there is no such thing as an "espresso" bean, but rather an espresso grind. Espresso can be made with any type of coffee bean, roasted in any manner, flavored in any way, and blended to taste.
Because espresso is a concentrated dose of pressure or steam brewed coffee, the beans must be ground as finely as possible to extract the full-bodied flavor that distinguishes it as an espresso shot.
Grind your beans as fine as possible. Either grind the beans yourself or in the machine at the store where you purchased the beans.
Espresso machines create espresso through mechanical pressure, while others, including the Italian method, use steam pressure. Even though steam pressure is a much weaker force than mechanical pressure, a perfect shot can still be created.
Fill small espresso cups halfway with the shots. Each espresso should be between one and two ounces in volume. When done properly, a layer of rich brown foam called the créma should be visible on top; this is a sign of a job well done. Serve the shots with plenty of sugar or simply enjoy them plain.
Enjoy your Espresso!
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OCM was started in 2007, focusing first on coffee machines, then marketing for coffee and food and beverage companies. Check out this restaurant marketing guide to learn more about the many campaigns and companies we have worked with.
OCM has also created many marketing workshops and classes for the F&B industry. Many of the modules are running in the Singapore Skillsfuture Classes in tertiary institutions such as Temasek Polytechnic Skillsfuture Academy and also ITE College East COC classes.
For the readers (coffee lovers), we continue to share coffee articles (and videos) and have also started a free coffee class section (with free online coffee training supported by coffee partners).
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