The Makings of the Perfect Espresso

The flavor from a delectable shot of espresso lingers in your mouth for a good ten or twenty minutes. Sipping this delicious coffee beverage is easy; making the perfect pull is a bit more difficult. One false step and the taste is bitter rather than blissful. It doesn’t matter if you are brewing your own or paying a barista for a pull at one of the local coffee shops in Seattle, these are the makings of the perfect espresso.

Quality Equipment

The machine is arguably the most important ingredient. It should feature a pump or a piston to deliver the correct amount of pressure when forcing the hot water through the grind. The water also needs to be heated to precisely the right temperature. Steam powered machines don’t make the cut.

When it comes to espresso makers, you get what you pay for. You can expect to pay anywhere from $700 to $2,000 for home machine that yields a pull full of flavor and froth. DeLonghi is one of the most popular brands and offers models in a variety of price ranges. Commercial models run tens of thousands of dollars.

Good Grinds

The fresher the roast, the better the coffee. Ideally, the roast should be less than three weeks old for the most savory and aromatic beverage. The beans need to be ground to the consistency of sugar using a quality grinder. Seattle Coffee Works offers a number of choices for the at-home barista. If the grind is too coarse, the water runs through the cake too quickly and the espresso isn’t as flavorful. If the grind is too powdery, the water takes too long to run through the densely-packed cake and the flavor is sour and without crema.

It is also imperative to use the right amounts of ground coffee. A single shot of espresso requires 7 grams, while a double requires 14 grams.

Practice Makes Perfect

Above all, patience and practice are necessary to make the perfect espresso. At Espresso Vivace, baristas must complete six months of training before they are allowed to work behind the bar and serve customers. Don’t get frustrated if your first pull isn’t exactly to your liking. Fortunately, there are countless coffee shops near your luxury UDR apartment community where you can grab a shot.

Where’s your favorite place to get flavorful espresso? Do you ever make your own? Share your advice with our other readers.
Amy Johnson

is UDR’s budding social media guru, and has been instrumental in constructing the brand’s content strategy. After graduating from University of Colorado- Boulder, she started working for UDR as a marketing intern. When she isn’t perusing the web for the perfect pins and Facebook posts, she can be found hiking somewhere with her dog Rory.

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