Want to wow your friends, family, or clients with a double shot of espresso? Or maybe you’re just looking for a new way to prepare your daily cup of coffee? Either way, we’ve got some advice on how to get the perfect espresso or dark coffee. Espresso, also known as ‘double shot coffee’, is a concentrated dose of coffee, which is often served in a small cup called an espresso and a larger one called a macchiato. Preparing espresso is easy, but there are a few tips you’ll need to keep in mind if you’re going to nail it. Here are our top five tips to serve up a delicious espresso or dark coffee
Use fresh coffee
Fresh coffee has a much more rich and flavorful flavor than beans that have been sitting in your cabinet. We’ve all probably been to a cafe where the coffee was way too strong and burnt our mouths, but a fresh cup is always a good thing. If you’re making espressos, you’ll want to use beans within a couple of months of when they were ground. If you buy in bulk, you can store the beans in an airtight container in the freezer for up to one year. If you’re making a dark roast, you can typically get away with using beans that are closer to a year old, but it’s still best to use fresh beans.
Grind only what you need
If you’re using a manual espresso maker, you’ll need to grind your beans before adding them to the portafilter. Because the espresso maker is out of your control, you’ll want to be conservative with how long the coffee is ground. Using too large of a grind will make your espresso too weak, using too small of a grind will make your espresso too strong, and somewhere in the middle will produce the perfect shot of espresso.
To make an espresso, you need to heat the coffee. If you’re brewing with a coffee maker, the machine is doing this for you. But if you’re making it on your own, you’ll need to heat the coffee before you add it to the espresso maker. But be careful, because if you overheat your coffee, it will over-extract and turn your espresso into a stronger concentrate.
Know your coffee
A good place to start is by reading the labels on your coffee bags. You’ll want to make sure that the coffee you’re using is dark roasted and has a medium-to-low acidity level. If either of these two things isn’t accurate for your coffee, you’ll want to try another bag. You’ll also want to make sure that the coffee is fresh and hasn’t been sitting in your cabinet for too long. And lastly, make sure that it’s ground just before you brew it.
Match your roasting
Dark roasts are often used to make espresso and are characterized by their intense, bold flavors and robust notes. Medium roasts are often the base for espresso and are sweet with mild fruity flavors and a light, bready finish. Light roasts can be brewed either as espresso or a dark roast and often have delicate flavors that are fruit-derived.
Whether you prefer a double shot of espresso or a dark coffee, these tips will help you prepare it to perfection. First, make sure your coffee is fresh and properly ground. Next, heat the coffee, but don’t let it go beyond a certain temperature. Finally, don’t forget to match the coffee to the brewing method. With these five tips under your belt, you’ll be ready to serve up a delicious double shot of espresso or dark coffee.