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5 Easy tips on how to make the perfect espresso

  1. Use fresh, high-quality coffee beans: The quality of the beans is critical in making a great espresso. Look for beans that have been recently roasted and have a rich, full flavor.

  2. Grind the beans just before brewing: Espresso requires a very fine grind, and the longer the coffee grounds sit, the more the flavor and aroma diminish. Invest in a high-quality burr grinder and grind the beans just before brewing.

  3. Use the right amount of coffee: Using too little coffee will result in a weak, watery espresso, while using too much will make it bitter and over-extracted. A standard double shot of espresso requires about 14 grams of coffee.

  4. Brew at the right temperature and pressure: Espresso is brewed using hot water under high pressure. The ideal temperature for brewing espresso is around 200 degrees Fahrenheit, and the pressure should be between 9 and 10 bars.

  5. Pay attention to the timing: A perfect shot of espresso should be pulled in about 25-30 seconds. If it takes longer, the coffee will be over-extracted and bitter. If it takes less time, it will be under-extracted and weak. Pay attention to the timing and adjust the grind, amount of coffee, or tamping pressure as needed to get the perfect shot.

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