Introduction to Espresso – What Is Espresso?

The coffee beans for making an espresso are usually of the Arabica Coffee bean varietal with a few espresso blends adding in some Robusta coffee beans to impart specific qualities. Robusta beans thrive in espresso blends because they contain approximately twice the caffeine of Arabica beans, and create a better crema. Typically espresso coffee beans are given a dark roast, […]

How Hard Should We Tamp Espresso Coffee ?

How Hard Should We Tamp Espresso Coffee ?

Tamping for espresso has been riddled with an amazing amount of folk-knowledge. Tamping pressure matters. If you press until the tamper stops moving down, and keep it flat, it’d be awesome. Tamping is fairly simple. You’re compressing the coffee grinds to promote even extraction within a ergonomic and consistent way. Let’s break the factors down a little further: 1. Compressing […]

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