The perfect shot of espresso isn't an elusive goal. It's within any barista's reach, with a little practice. Beyond the basics of pulling a shot, you just need to know how to evaluate an espresso's appearance, smell and taste.
So, what makes a shot of espresso truly great?
The right brew time, for starters. Let's assume you have a delicious espresso roast, you know how to examine and tweak your grind, and how to tamp it into the portafilter just like so. If you've got these initial steps down, your espresso should take somewhere between 20 and 25 seconds to brew.
The stream of espresso...
At Espresso Services and coffee shops across the country, careful attention is paid to the quality of the coffee that goes into lattes, cappuccinos and other espresso drinks. But milk is an equally vital component in these beverages.
How you steam and froth your milk is just about as important as grinding and tamping your coffee correctly. And having some understanding of the chemistry around steaming and frothing may help you make the best tasting espresso drinks your customers could ask for.
Milk’s Magic Ingredients:
Three solids are suspended in milk that directly impact its flavor and...