This article first appeared on Sprudge in April. But it deserves another mention.
We are living in a Neo-Italian espresso preparation era. Espresso is being brewed meticulously by fastidious baristas around the world on top of the line equipment. Old world Italian methods like pre-ground espresso, full dosing chambers, 1:3 ratios, and 14 gram baskets are en vogue. What’s old is new again. Perfecting these practices with scales, better grinders, and much better coffee? Well, that’s what...
There are several factors to consider when choosing an espresso machine that can meet your operation’s needs. The type of food service you do is probably the most important factor, followed by your daily customer traffic.
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When you provide the perfect accompaniment to coffee, you shoudl serve coffee that’s worthy of your baked goods. Generally, bakeries can expect to serve between 20 to 50...
While it might not be entirely necessary to understand the intricate chemical and physical structures of the coffee bean, the basics should be understood in order to adequately appreciate the art form of grinding the coffee bean. Whether it’s being ground mechanically or manually, the ultimate goal is to break the bean into smaller particles to create more surface area to allow a better infusion of flavor into water.
In addition to its dependency on good water and a quality roast, the brew is also largely dependent on a sound grinding process. Within realm of grinding, there are several...
Of course, the second ingredient of espresso is water. However obvious this statement may seem, the role of the quality of the water used in the preparation process should not be taken lightly.
Even if the water coming from public waterworks is safe for consumption, further treatment for the use of coffee and espresso purposes may be required. An operation should consider water treatment for two main reasons: the taste of the final product and the longevity of your machine.
Strange flavors that linger in the water after it’s purified for public consumption must be removed. Oftentimes,...
Specifically in Italy, everyone has a similar mental picture when they hear “espresso.” It’s a small heavy china cup whose capacity is around 50ml. It is half full with a dark brew and then topped by thick, reddish-brown foam of tiny bubbles. Millions of cups are sold worldwide each day, every consumer finding a place for it in their day; morning eye-opener, capping off a meal later in the day, or perhaps offering a sense of revival at the end of a long day.
Naturally, most people concern themselves with the simple act of consuming the espresso. A closer look at the process demonstrates...
As a coffee retailer, you probably have a solid working knowledge of the coffee world, as so many new products, purchasing decisions, and flavors continue to surround such an antique drink. While your understanding is important to running a successful business, it is just as vital that your staff understands the product they are serving as well, as they are the link between the customer and that cup of joe. Here are a few basic questions that your staff should be able to answer:
How does the cost of the coffee relate to its quality?
Oftentimes, the cost of specialty coffee pertains to the...
One of the biggest issues in terms of quality problems is the freshness. Oftentimes, it is recommended that you don’t brew more coffee than you can use in 45 minutes. Brewing an overabundance of coffee and leaving it to sit on heating elements until it is gone drastically changes the flavor of the coffee, regardless of the quality of the beans.
One of the most common problems is also one of the most basic: cleaning. Especially if you are switching between regular and flavored coffee, a thorough cleaning regimen is of the utmost importance, as the oils will linger and...