When you long for a coffee with more body, richer flavor,
and a fuller aroma than filtered coffee, espresso may be your
was first introduced at the Paris Fair, by the French inventor Edward Loysel
de Santais. An Italian seized the idea, and the rest is history. The literal
meaning of the word espresso is, "made at the spur of the moment."
To brew espresso,
a burst of hot water is pushed through finely ground coffee. The result is
one and a half ounces of very strong brew, topped with a layer of crema -
the very heart of espresso. Very few Americans enjoy a shot of espresso as
Italians do. Instead Americans tend to prefer espresso in a cappuccino, latte,
or mocha. American specialty coffee roasters generally use the mild Arabica
bean for a more mellow espresso.
make espresso, follow these simple rules: Grind your coffee extra
fine. You will know you have reached the correct grind when you can make a
finger print in a small amount held in the palm of your hand. Put 8-10 grams
of ground coffee per 2 ounce shot in a stovetop espresso maker. Put 7 grams
of ground coffee per 1.5 ounce shot in an electric espresso maker. Brew and
enjoy great espresso!
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