So, you are the happy owner of a coffee/espresso machine. But do you know how to get the most out of it? Here are a few handy pointers that should help you make the perfect espresso coffee time and time again.
Tip 1 – Let Your Coffee/espresso Machine fully Heat Up
The inner workings of your coffee machine that hold water items like the boiler are classically made of metal. Allowing this equipment to heat up by turning on your coffee machine at least 10 min preceding the 1st coffee will make a steadier heat for your coffees. Also, use this time to heat your coffee cups before use; use the steam nozzle in hot water mode to fill the cups. Some coffee machines have built-in cup heaters that take a few minutes to warm up.
Tip 2 – Use Fresh Water
With coffee, everything has to be fresh. Empty your coffee machine water container every day when you are making your 1st coffee. You should use filtered water, and you will taste the difference. Using filtered water will also lengthen the life of your coffee machine, reducing calcification and limescale build-up.
Tip 3 – Use Fresh Coffee beans
Every time you use your coffee machine, only ever grind enough coffee beans for that measure of coffee. If you do not have an automatic coffee machine with a grinder built-in, you will need to buy a separate one. This will give you a bright creme on top of your coffee or espresso. Store your beans in the freezer until they use them; this will help them hold their flavor.
Tip 4 – Use the Correct Grind and Correct Tamping
Talk to your coffee supplier about your coffee machine and make sure that he gives you the correct ground coffee. If possible, use your grinder to attain the most favorable fineness. Gently pack your freshly ground coffee into the filter handle, do not pack too much or press too hard, or you won’t reach a decent flow rate. An excellent rule of thumb is that it should take about 25 seconds for 30ml of coffee to be poured.
Tip 5 – Experiment
There are so many variables at work with a coffee machine that you will need to make many coffees to truly realize the different coffees you can make. The temperature, the beans, the grind, and the flow rate will give various tasting coffees. You will know you are getting it right when your coffee machine produces a thick golden crema and a sweet, rich espresso coffee.