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Top 5 Tips for the perfect espresso

Honcho Coffee Supplies – Top 5 Tips to Making the Perfect Espresso

As coffee experts we feel it is our duty to ensure you are educated and equipped to be making the perfect espresso every time. Whether it be at home, in the office or if you run a café, mobile coffee business or restaurant, there are 5 tips we can offer you that can help you to level up your coffee game.

First let’s start by actually defining what an espresso is. An espresso is one of the most popular coffee drinks that originated in Italy. A concentrated form of coffee, the espresso is created using high pressure to force hot water through finely ground coffee. This process, known as the brew process, expresses the coffee flavours and ultimately results in a caffeinated drink that is richer and bolder than a regular coffee. The espresso originated in Italy during the early 1900’s and its popularity is linked to not only the flavour but the fact that it only took a few seconds to brew which is a fraction of the time of regular coffee and workers we able to order and drink the espresso in their break times.

Our top five tips to creating the perfect espresso are as follows;

NUMBER 1: Dosage – it is all about consistency with dosage. Using a consistent dose of coffee will ensure your espresso is rich and bold without the risk of being under or over the desired taste. To get your dosage consistent, use a scale that can measure increments in 0.1g like our Rhino 2kg Bench Scale. It is this attention to detail that will make a world of difference.

NUMBER 2: Distribution – when it comes to distribution it’s all in the wrist. To make sure you achieve the perfect distribution make sure you flatten your coffee on top of your portafilter basket, then give the portafilter a gentle tap against your wrist or on your tamp mat, our simple Rhino Classic Tamper Mat will do the trick… this will help to settle the coffee into the basket. This will ensure that your coffee is evenly distributed and will undoubtably will improve your espresso.

NUMBER 3: Tamping – less is more when it comes to tamping. Be sure to only tamp once. No twisting, tapping or any other movements. Go slow and feel the compaction of the coffee in your hand, complete this step with love and attention. You can use any number of tamps to get a great result, but we recommend the Precision Calibrated Tamper because it supports consistent pressure every time which will have an impact on the flavour of your espresso. When taking out the tamp, use a slight twisting motion to stop the coffee puck from popping.

NUMBER 4: Timing – it is great to experiment with time to find the optimum extraction time for your espresso. Within your experimentation you will find that too little time will result in an acidic flavour while allowing too much time will end up with a bitter flavour espresso. Get into a groove and find the perfect extraction time and reap the rewards through rich and bold flavours. If you don’t have an inbuilt shot timer you can try the Coffee Gear Shot Timer to help get the perfect espresso.

NUMBER 5: Relationship with your supplier – your coffee supplier can provide even more tips and tricks to making the perfect espresso. Build a good relationship with your coffee supplier and you will find it will open up a world of information and opportunity. You could even book yourself in for some training or to test drive a machine if you work with Honcho Coffee Supplies. Always here to support your coffee journey and your education to ensure you are equipped to create the best espresso possible, time after time.

Don’t forget, you can download our first Honcho Magazine and reach out if you want to feature on our socials. We are on Instagram @honchocoffeesupplies and Facebook @honchocoffeesupplies.

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You can visit our website to watch videos offering tips and tutorials related to brewing coffee and using different coffee machines and equipment. Perfect for those who wish to watch and learn.

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