How to Make Espresso At Home Like a Pro
One in three Americans spends more on coffee annually than they invest in stocks, bonds, and other moneymaking vehicles, according to a survey by money app Acorns.
Americans love a good cup of Joe in the morning to the point that some are unwilling or unable to get through the day without one.
Unfortunately, most coffee lovers get their daily cup from coffee shops, which can get pricey — especially for those who need a few cups throughout the day.
If you want to save some serious coin and still enjoy a cup of coffee of similar or even better quality than your local barista, it’s a lot easier than you think if you just follow a few basic rules.
Pick your espresso maker
While it’s possible to make a good cup of coffee without a machine, having one makes it a whole lot easier and faster, and you also get more satisfying results.
Espresso machines come in different shapes, sizes, and degrees of complexity, so you’ll need to be careful when choosing one.
One of the best options you have is a plumbed espresso machine with a water line hookup.
While this type of espresso machine is usually found in offices, any espresso enthusiast will love having one at home.
For starters, it’s very easy to use and you can make as many cups as you want without having to worry about refilling an empty water reservoir.
It also ensures that every cup is made with pure water free from compounds that may affect the taste of your coffee or damage your machine.
Buy fresh beans
Your cup of coffee will only be as good as the beans you use to make it.
For the best tasting coffee, you want to use beans that were roasted not more than a month ago.
To find fresh beans, you’ll need to go to your local coffee shops, preferably the ones that roast their own beans.
You can also seek out coffee beans sold by quality-conscious rosters and packaged in vacuum-sealed bags.
To keep your beans as fresh as they were the day you bought them, you’ll need to store them in an airtight container on a countertop, never in the fridge.
Optimally, buy a week’s supply of fresh coffee beans at a time.
Grind your beans
Coffee starts losing quality barely an hour after grinding.
As such, it’s best to grind your beans immediately before brewing to ensure that you get maximum flavor.
This means that you’ll need to invest in a grinder.
Unless you’re willing to spend roughly $100 on an automatic burr grinder, a manual burr grinder is the most affordable way to achieve a consistent grind, but it will require a bit of manual labor.
When grinding, keep an eye on the size and consistency of your grind; for espresso, you’ll want a very fine grind.
Making cafe-quality espresso at home is not as complicated as it sounds. By following a few simple steps, you can become a coffee guru and start getting your dos of espresso right at home whenever you want to.