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Espresso, the Magic Brew

How to Make Your Own Espresso

Even though espresso beverages are primarily made through espresso and coffee machines does not mean that you don't have control over some of the parts of the espresso-making process. In fact, there are several things about making espresso that will determine whether or not the beverage the machine comes out with is bitter, weak, or somewhere in between! If you have been the victim of poor espresso products in the past then chances are that you have had a good learning experience that not all espresso drinks are the same. Needless to say, once you get started making espresso then you will have not only want more control over your own beverage, but you'll be able to perfect the art of making espresso so that it comes out the same every time! Getting your own home espresso machine and practicing with different beans, grinds and water will insure you get that perfect shot when you want to treat yourself and your friends to that special drink.

Grinding the coffee beans
There are many different types of espresso machines on the market today and some of them will grind the espresso coffee beans for you while some of them will not. It is up to you whether or not you want to grind the beans yourself or have the machine do them, but it would be a good idea to at least try to hand-grind the coffee beans in order to fully understand the quality of espresso at different points of the grinding process. There are a couple principles about grinding espresso coffee beans that one should know as well. For example, if you don't grind the beans enough then you'll probably end up with a weak espresso beverage. The key to having a great tasting espresso is mainly in how fine or coarse the beans are ground. As mentioned, your espresso will be weak if you don't grind the coffee beans enough, but the drink will also be quite bitter if you grind the beans to pure powder!

Settings - How Course
On some of the espresso machines that you can buy there are different levels and settings of how fine or coarse you would like the coffee beans to be ground for your espresso. These settings usually range from low to medium to fine and they each have distinct tastes when the espresso comes out of the machine!

How Much - The 1-ounce shot
Another thing that one should pay attention to is just how much espresso they squeeze out of the machine. As everyone who loves espresso knows the espresso shots that come out of the machines are typically 1-ounce in a small espresso shot glass. With practice every time you make espresso from the machine you will get better at judging, but being able to tell when to stop pouring espresso out of the machine is crucial to having the best tasting espresso! The most distinguishing feature that sets espresso apart from drip coffee and the traditional coffee bean is "crema", which is a reddish brown foam that is composed of vegetable oils, sugars and proteins that floats on the surface of the espresso shot.

Turn that espresso into a latte
There are also plenty of ways one can make an espresso latte drink. Lattes are very popular throughout many parts of the world, but the main characteristic of a latte is the chocolate that's added to the espresso. An example of how one could easily make an espresso latte would be to pour just over an ounce of chocolate syrup in their glass and pour the espresso on top of it. Stirring the entire drink from the bottom of the glass up will ensure that the chocolate is thoroughly mixed with the espresso! For a finishing touch you can even be creative and put a dab of whipped cream on top! Altogether, thought, making your own espresso and latte is not hard, but it just takes practice and determination to make the best combinations!
 

 

Making a Chilled Espresso Beverage

The first thing that anyone should know about an espresso beverage is the fact that espresso can be used, re-used, and re-used over again in order to make the perfect beverage for your taste buds! Indeed, espresso is such a delightful coffee drink that there are so many ways to squeeze out a different espresso recipe every time. If you are going to become an expert in making espresso beverages then chances are that you already know how fine or coarse you need to grind the espresso coffee beans. Unless you leave the grinding up to the actual espresso machine, grinding the espresso coffee beans is one of the foremost duties one has to do in order to get the espresso taste just right!

After one has perfected the art of making espresso beverages, though, one fun thing to do is to move onto bigger and better beverages that are also made from the espresso base. For example, a latte is just one of the recipes that can be made from espressos, but a chilled espresso beverage is also another way in which one can have a fun beverage. Let's face it: even though espresso drinks are typically consumed as warm or hot beverages, there are plenty of other ways to combine espresso in order to turn it into a better drink for some people. One of those ways is by making a chilled espresso beverage, and here are the directions for accomplishing just that:

Make the Espresso
Of course, the first and foremost thing that you'll want to do when making a chilled espresso beverage is to make the espresso itself. If you are an expert at making espressos anyway then the best thing to do would be to simply grind the espresso coffee beans just as you would for a normal espresso.

Adding ice
After the espresso is made, though, the next thing that should be done is to add ice to a blender or other type of food grinder. A blender really works best for this part, however, especially because blenders are made to allow easier access of food in and out of the compartment. Nevertheless, a large scoopful of ice should be added to the blender.

Add Other Ingredients
The next thing that one will want to do when creating their chilled espresso beverage is to add a bit of sugar to the espresso itself. Because the espresso is already sweetened there will only be a couple tablespoons of sugar that needs to be added. But after the sugar is added and completely stirred then the whole espresso beverage should be added on top of the ice in the blender. The only thing that's left to do for the beverage is to grid and combine the two ingredients.

Pour
After the mixture is poured out then one will naturally have a great chilled espresso beverage. Chances are that if one loves chilled mocha lattes then a chilled espresso beverage will be on their list of favorite beverages as well!
 

 

 

Best Espresso Maker Under $90 - Don't make the mistake and buy an espresso maker based strictly on price because more expensive does not always translate into better product. Pressure rating of 15-bars makes the DeLonghi EC155 Espresso Maker the perfect choice for your home and priced under $90.

Buying the Right Espresso Machine-Just as there are many different kinds of espresso flavors and drinks on the market today, so too are there just as many different ways to make an espresso beverage. The main difference, however, in making an espresso base coffee beverage lies in the machine that is used to make it.

What Is Espresso- Espresso really does have quite a different nature than other coffees! Not only is espresso a more concentrated cup of coffee, but the taste is very different as well and may account for some of the reason why espresso is usually liked more than coffee.

Espresso, the Magic Brew - How to Make Your Own Espresso - once you get started making espresso then you will have not only more control over your own beverage, but you'll be able to perfect the art of making espresso so that it comes out the same every time!

Why Should you buy a Home Espresso Machine? - Home espresso machines are available everywhere and if you are really passionate about coffee then there is no reason why you shouldn’t have one in your kitchen. Just imagine waking up every morning to your home brewed espresso, how would that feel?

Espresso - Unbelievable Shock & Awe of Rich Flavor Burst! - You can believe you are in for an unbelievable flavor and caffeine shock from the espresso coffee bean with your first shot of espresso coffee beans.

 

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