Espresso shot

Espresso

Pulling espresso shot with naked portafilterWhat Is Espresso?

Espresso is a popular coffee beverage, originating in Italy. Espresso is a concentrated coffee drink brewed by forcing a small amount of hot water under pressure through finely ground coffee beans. Espresso has a thicker consistency than coffee prepared by other brewing methods. It has a higher concentration of suspended and dissolved solids, and crema.

Espresso can be pulled in three major variants: normale, ristretto, and lungo. The three variants differ by the amount of water used to extract a given coffee quantity, and the extraction time.

Coffee Based Beverages

Espresso is used for preparing most coffee based drinks such as latte, cappuccino, mocha, and flat white. The reason is the strong flavor and aroma specific to this coffee. Although some use stronger drip coffee as an alternative, the taste is different, and any knowledgeable coffee lover will spot the difference.

Preparation

The definition of espresso says it is obtained by pushing hot water through a puck of finely ground coffee. This means devices such as the moka pot, steam espresso machines, can be classified as espresso coffee makers. And indeed many coffee lovers treat them as such. The reality, however, reveals that the taste and aroma of a shot pulled with a pump operated espresso machine is very different from other methods. This is because pulling a shot needs lower water temperature and 9 bar pressure.