Espresso: The Art of Brewing
Espresso is a concentrated coffee brewed by forcing pressurized, nearly boiling water through finely-ground coffee beans. Its intense flavor and quick preparation make it a favorite among coffee enthusiasts worldwide. Particularly suited for milk-based drinks like cappuccinos and lattes, mastering the art of brewing espresso at home can elevate your coffee experience.

Essential Equipment

  • Espresso machine
  • Espresso grinder
  • Scale and tamper
  • Timer
  • Coffee beans (specifically roasted for espresso)

Yields one strong coffee or two weaker servings

  • Coffee dose: 17-18g*
  • Beverage yield: 35-40g*
  • Extraction time: 28-32 seconds
  • Water temperature: 200F
  • Grind size: fine

Note: The espresso recipe at Market Lane varies by coffee type, but generally fits within these parameters. Adjust based on your machine's capabilities; start with a coffee dose that comfortably fits your portafilter.

Steps to Brew:

1. Prepare the Portafilter

    • Remove and clean the portafilter basket.
    • Purge the group head with hot water to clear any residue.
    • Place the portafilter on the scale, tare to zero, and position it under the grinder.

    2. Grind, Dose, and Tamp

    • Grind coffee to fill the portafilter basket, checking the weight on the scale.
    • Distribute coffee evenly and tamp down firmly.
    • Leave a slight space at the top of the portafilter after tamping.

      3. Brew

      • Insert the portafilter into the espresso machine.
      • Place a cup on the scale, tare to zero, and immediately start brewing.
      • Stop extraction when the beverage weight is roughly double the coffee dose.

      4. Serve

      • Serve immediately.
      • Remove and clean the portafilter, disposing of used coffee grounds.
      • Reinsert the clean portafilter to maintain its warmth.

      Pro Tips

      • Ensure the portafilter is preheated for optimal brewing.
      • Watch for the initial drips followed by a steady flow of espresso.
      • Aim for a balanced taste profile—clean, sweet, with well-balanced acidity.
      • Use a timer to gauge the extraction time, targeting approximately 30 seconds for a double shot.

      Mastering the art of brewing espresso not only enhances your coffee skills but also allows you to enjoy a rich and flavorful cup tailored to your preferences.