Brewing Espresso Coffee

Brewing espresso coffee is the most appreciated coffee making method in the world. Espresso enhances coffee tastes and scent. Check it out!

Brewing Espresso CoffeeEspresso is coffee brewed by pressing small quantities of nearly boiled water across thinly ground coffee beans.

Espresso is thicker and more concentrated than other method coffees and has creamy foam on top that is called crema
The pressure results in enhanced the flavors and chemicals concentrations.

Espresso is also used in making some drinks like:

  • caffè latte
  • cappuccino
  • caffè macchiato
  • caffè mocha
  • caffè Americano

Espressos are served in “demitasses” (small cups), which compensate their higher caffeine concentration. One small cup of espresso delivers less of that substance than a regular pour-over cup of coffee.

 

Espresso brewing

Espresso is made by pushing highly hot water under top compression thru finely ground compacted coffee. Stuffing the coffee helps an even penetration of the water across the grounds.
This procedure guarantees a near-syrup brew by extracting both solid and melted components.
The emulsification of the coffee oils with the liquid produces a colloid that does not appear in other brewing methods.

Espresso coffee does not yet have a universal standard method of brewing extraction. Pulling an espresso varies from place to place.

Mr. Coffee 4-Cup Steam Espresso SystemSeveral published definitions attempting a standard method, try to put restrictions on:

  • amount and type of coffee grounds used
  • temperature and pressure of the water
  • rate of extraction

 

Machines

Commonly, people use machines to make espresso.

An espresso engine brews coffee by pushing pressurized water imminent simmering water into a “puck” of ground coffee and a filter to deliver a dense, intense coffee named espresso. Angelo Moriondo of Turin, Italy built and patented the first espresso device in 1884 by.

The procedure of making an espresso shot is usually called “pulling a shot.”

Lever machines that require pulling down a handle were very standard and created the idiom.

Today, though, pressure is generated by an electric pump.

Espresso machines are of several types: steam-driven, piston-driven, pump-driven, or air-pump-driven. The are also either manual or automatic.


 

10 thoughts on “Brewing Espresso Coffee

  • 2016-07-22 at 12:52 pm
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    Interesting article on brewing espresso coffee, My family loves a good cup of coffee and brewing is one of our curiosities. I often give coffee and related products as gifts for Christmas time to the coffee drinkers on my.

    Do you have any suggestions about which of those I should go for as Christmas gifts?

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  • 2016-07-24 at 9:14 pm
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    I love a good brewed espresso. I have never really thought about the process of making a cup was. Thanks for the insight and some of the origins of where it was started from. I had this discussion with my partner the other day about with a good espresso, is it good because of the type of beans that were used or was it more to do with they it was brewed. Can you give some insight this?

    Shane

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    • 2016-07-27 at 8:47 am
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      Hello, Shane,

      I think both play their important roles, but careful brewing is crucial. You can enhance or spoil your coffee just by being careful or not. As a rule of thumb, DON’T LET YOUR BREW BOIL! Water is OK, as long as it boils before brewing.

      Brewing method choice is something personal and is subject to taste in my opinion. If you do it correctly, chose whatever you prefer, and you’re fine. Experiment and find out which is best for you. (I use 3 methods at home)

      Coffee type to. Be it commercial or gourmet, make it the best you can, and you will get better results.

      I hope this helped.

      Thanks for sharing your impressions and kind words.

      Cheers!

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  • 2016-08-10 at 8:46 am
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    I like a good cup of coffee in the morning. I have a small simple machine, (without a lever). I was wondering though whether the bigger models, ( with a lever), produce a much better coffee. I’m presuming they would. I would be interested to know because then I may get one.

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    • 2016-08-12 at 11:36 am
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      Hello, Owain,

      It all depends on the amount of pressure the espresso coffee maker can provide. Usually an averge of 9 BAR ( 8 to 10) is the suitable standard. Some machine ads claim higher pressures as an advantage… If your machine achieves the standard range and you are satisfied with the coffee you are drinking, I don’t feel you need to move to another model.

      On the other hand, I’m all for experimentation, so I suggest you join some local coffee club or roaster and attend coffee (and methods) tasting meetings to find out if you like something else better. Coffee drinking is a fun and delicious hobby too. Read this article about Methods of Coffee Brewing if you are curious about it.

      Cheers!

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  • 2016-08-28 at 5:40 pm
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    I enjoyed reading this article. I honestly didn’t know what espresso was until reading this. I knew it was offered at coffee houses but didn’t know what it exactly was. It was interesting to read about the history of espresso and the original machines. I know the ones I have seen for at-home or even in coffee shops look expensive and are kinda big! You article makes me want to run to our local coffee house! Thanks for the great read!

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    • 2016-09-01 at 5:08 pm
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      Hello, Bonnie,

      Thanks for sharing your experience. I’m happy that you have found it interesting. You might want to take a look at this article, Methods of Coffee Brewing. And go for it! Take tours to coffee shops and ask around about coffee brewing in general and Brazilian coffee. It will be a fantastic new world.

      Cheers!

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  • 2016-09-25 at 3:18 pm
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    Nice article on expresso. Since I enjoy drinking it so much, it makes sense to (finally) learn how it’s made! Thank you for the breakdown, terms and overview of different types of makers we can purchase. I’d like to know the method that makes the best cup, whether it’s piston, steam, pump or air; manual or automatic. Since I use a french press for a regular cup, I would guess manual is better quality.

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    • 2016-09-28 at 2:23 pm
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      Hello, there,

      All of them have their pros and cons and the matter is very subjective. For a home espresso maker, I’d suggest an automatic simple coffee machine like the Nespresso compatible devices. It is a great all-around piece of equipment and the Mojo comes out great!

      Cheers!

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