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Espresso is a wonderful drink that, once you tried it, will make you turn your nose up at drip or other coffees. Espresso is rich, complex, and has intense flavors. This guide will teach you how to make espresso at home.
This guide is conceived to help coffee lovers with all level of experience from completely newbie to seasoned barista.
Quick Espresso Brewing Guides [Infographics]
We have a few visual brewing guides to get you started. The guides are just enough to point you in the right direction, if you don’t have any experience at all, or if you want a memory refresh. Espresso brewing is a race for perfection, for most enthusiasts. But even perfectionists have to start somehow. These infographics are the perfect starting point.
A step by step guide on how to brew coffee with an AeroPress. A concise graphical guide, with critical details about the brewing, timing, steeping time grinding size and more.
Learn how to make espresso with a Moka pot. A step by step instructional infographic easy to follow. Moka pot coffee tends to have a bite and a full body and is often an espresso replacement.
This is an infographic with minimal instructions to make an espresso. The graphic contains the minimum of information on the method, with step by step instructions. A good intro for newbies.
What Is Espresso?
What is espresso? The pressure during preparation is what makes espresso special. Because of this, an espresso cannot be brewed with a French press, a Keurig, or a drip coffeemaker.
Even if you don’t like neat espresso, as I do, if you make cappuccinos and lattes, you need espresso. Here is the list of caffeinated beverages made with espresso shots:
- caffè macchiato
- caffè mocha
- flat white
Espresso is the base for many milk-based coffee drinks, and coffee lovers look for inexpensive ideas to prepare it at home. From a flavor and taste perspective, you cannot use other coffee brewing methods to make espresso. If you are looking to make a latte, any strong coffee will do, because the espresso flavor is drenched in milk.
If you are making a cappuccino though, you better stick with real espresso, or at least espresso alternatives. Take a look in the advanced brewing section, and you’ll find a guide for brewing espresso alternatives.
Advanced Espresso Brewing Guide
This section is for people who make espresso on a regular basis, or have done it at least a few times, and would like to improve their knowledge and technique. These guides will help you troubleshoot your coffee. You can also learn here how to tweak your beverage to suit your preference. You want more bite, we show you how to get it. You want a smooth coffee, we show you that as well.
If you are somewhat advanced with your technique but would like to improve your shots, this guide is for you. Many tips and trick to obtain consistency and quality, from your semiautomatic. Some tips apply for super-automatics as well, but it kind of defeat the purpose doesn’t it? Read more…
Espresso Coffee Makers, Tools, and Equipment
You might want to check our espresso maker reviews, and what equipment we recommend. We guide you on how to choose the best espresso machine that fits your needs.
This is a comprehensive list of tools, accessories, and supplies. There are a few accessories that are nice to have, but there are some that are a must have, for any serious home barista. Read more…
Really, this is a question I have been asked so many times. Well, depends on what your expectations are, and how you define espresso. I found out that sometimes espresso is confused with a strong coffee. Read more…
Most coffee lovers prefer their drink with milk. A splash or more of steamed and frothed milk will smooth the taste of an espresso drink. Yes, we are talking about latte and cappuccino. This article shows you how to buy a milk frother for your budget and why is worth paying a bit more for the automated ones. Read more…
This article is a review of the super automatic espresso machine as a domestic appliance, and a comparison review of some popular models on the market. It’s a great resource, even if you don’t plan to buy any of the reviewed espresso machines. It gives you a great understanding of what to look for when buying an automatic espresso machine. Read more…