There is no universally recognized "perfect
espresso", but by following these simples steps,
you will be able to find YOUR perfect espresso
1. Use fresh coffee beans, or even roast your
The perfect espresso
starts with the beans.
It's very important that you brew your espresso
with beans that have been roasted within the
past four days.
After four days, the beans will not produce
the sweetness, aroma, or smoothness that you
You could even roast your own beans. This assures
that you're in control of the quality and freshness
of your espresso.
2. Make sure to use a quality grinder.
It is crucial to making the perfect espresso
that you choose the proper grinder.
Most experts believe that for the best espresso,
you should use a high-quality conical
burr grinder. These types of grinders are
able to produce a more even ground and assure
that your espresso is not heated during grinding,
which would reduce the aroma of the coffee.
Remember to make your espresso within SECONDS
of grinding the beans. Any longer than 30 seconds
and the natural oils within the coffee bean
will oxidize and become stale.
3. Experimentation and Practice
Finding your perfect
espresso will require a lot of practice. There
are 4 main areas where you can experiment until
you find your desired cup of coffee:
The amount of grounds that should be used varies
from person to person. Find the right dosage
for you and you're that much closer to the perfect
Fineness can be measured by the amount of time
the grounds take to be extracted from the grinder.
An extraction time between 23-28 seconds, for
example, will result in finely ground coffee.
That's a good starting point to work from. Maybe
you'd prefer thicker grounds? Or maybe you think
your espresso tastes better with finer grounds?
Experiment and find out!
Tamping is an aspect of making espresso that
is often overlooked. Though there is also room
for experimentation in tamping pressure, it's
important that the resulting grounds are hard
and evenly tamped. As a starting point, try
tamping with 5, 30, and 20 lbs of pressure.
A handy way to judge tamping pressure is to
use a bathroom scale. Where you go from there
is up to you. Remember; Experiment!
One thing to make sure is of is that the temperature
remains constant throughout the brewing. Start
out brewing at between 92-96º and work
from there. The perfect temperature for your
perfect espresso is entirely up to you!
Water is a prime input in the making of a cup
of espresso coffee, and it deserves special
attention. The formation of scale is due to
the presence of calcium and magnesium ions that
are crystallized by the catalyzing effects that
occur during heating.
We always recommend the use of soft
water to extend the longevity of your espresso
Do not use distilled
water since it has a distortions to its mineral