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Master the Art of Brewing Espresso: A Step-by-Step Guide

Master the art of Brewing Espresso

Master the Art of Brewing Espresso: A Step-by-Step Guide

The perfect balance of strength and flavor.

Espresso is a type of coffee that is brewed using a specific method that produces a strong, concentrated coffee shot. It is made by forcing hot water through finely ground coffee beans using high pressure. The result is a rich, bold, and flavorful coffee with a thick crema (foam) on top.

What you'll need

Espresso Machine (pre-heated), Coffee (duh), Drinking Vessel, Grinder, Tamper, Digital Scales, Timer, WDT (optional)

Coffee Dose

18-24 grams

Grind Size


Water + Temp

36-50 mL @ 94°C

Brew time

25 - 32 seconds

Step 1

Grind your coffee beans

Brewing the perfect espresso requires using freshly ground beans for the best flavor. To achieve this, set your grinder to a fine grind setting. However, be careful not to grind the beans too finely, as this can cause the water to become blocked and unable to pass through the grounds.

The ideal grind should be fine enough to extract the maximum amount of flavor, but not so fine that it blocks the flow of water. A good rule of thumb is to aim for a consistency slightly finer than table salt.

Step 2

Measure your dose

Before you begin brewing your espresso, it’s important to measure out the right amount of coffee grounds. Your ideal dose will depend on the size of your portafilter basket. With a 22g basket, we tend to use 22-24g of ground coffee.

To measure your dose, use a kitchen scale accurate to a tenth of a gram. Place the empty portafilter on the scale and tare it to zero. Then, add the appropriate amount of coffee grounds to the portafilter until you reach your desired dose.

Accurately measuring your dose is crucial for achieving the right balance of flavor and strength in your espresso. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different doses to find the perfect brew for your taste.

Step 3

Tamp your coffee

After measuring out your dose of coffee grounds, it’s time to tamp them down in the portafilter. Tamping is the process of compressing the grounds to create an even, solid surface for the hot water to pass through.

To tamp your coffee, hold the portafilter with the spout facing up and the handle facing away from you. Place the tamp on top of the grounds and apply gentle, even pressure to compress the grounds. The goal is to create a smooth, level surface without overly compressing the grounds.

Proper tamping is crucial for creating a balanced espresso shot. If the grounds are too loose, the water will pass through too quickly and the shot will be weak. Tamp with care to achieve the perfect espresso.

Step 4

Tare your cups

To ensure consistent results and tailor your espresso to your taste preferences, it’s important to tare (weigh) your cups before pulling a shot. Simply weighing the output allows you to dial in the perfect shot every time.

Step 5

Pull the shot of espresso

To brew espresso, start by pressing the button on your machine. The brewing process typically takes 25-32 seconds, depending on the type of coffee being used. When the desired amount of espresso has been brewed (usually 36-50 mL), stop the shot by pressing the appropriate button on the machine and removing the portafilter.

Step 6

Discard the puck, and enjoy!

Once you’ve removed the portafilter, knock out the spent puck of coffee. Don’t forget to compost the used coffee puck if you can!

Ready for the freshest, most delicious espresso you’ve ever tasted? Serve it immediately for the best flavor and enjoyment! There’s nothing quite like the rich, velvety taste of a freshly brewed espresso, so don’t let it sit for too long.

Congratulations on mastering the art of espresso brewing! With a little practice and patience, you should now be able to consistently produce delicious, high-quality espresso at home. Remember to use freshly ground coffee beans, tamp the grounds evenly in the portafilter, and brew at the proper temperature and pressure. Serve the espresso immediately for the best flavor, and clean and maintain your machine regularly to ensure optimal performance. With these tips in mind, you should be well on your way to becoming an espresso connoisseur. Happy brewing!

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