As they say in Italy, “La Vita inizia dopo il caffè,” indeed life does begin after coffee, and nothing beats a good cup of coffee to stir some life into you and make your day BREWtiful, right?
While there are several types of coffees, both mild and robust, coffee lovers around the world would admit that there is something about espresso that really sets it apart. It is like the ultimate go-to drink for people who have developed a taste for coffee and its distinct flavor.
Now let’s get to the real question: How to drink Espresso? While the answer is debatable, you can actually follow the traditional way of drinking espresso!
Let us take this right from the ABCs, shall we?
So, what is espresso? Espresso is the resulting highly concentrated and flavorful shot of coffee extracted through a special technique of brewing that involves shooting near-boiled water through finely-ground coffee beans. In fact, espresso itself literally means “Pressed-out coffee.” Although this highly versatile black liquid forms the base for many types of coffees like the latte, cappuccino, Americano, Macchiato, and many more, espresso itself is very much in demand as caffeine drinkers seem to really get fascinated by its strong, bitter, yet refreshing taste and flavors.
Now that we have known the basics let’s take you through how to drink espresso!
Get Your Perfect Shot of Espresso
It all begins with getting that perfect shot of espresso. For espressos, it is all about the pressure. An espresso machine might come in handy by helping you get the right blend of texture and flavors through the right technique. There are, in fact, several espresso makers in the market, and you can get the best espresso machine under 200 that will make you go ‘Where have you BEAN all my life?’
Once you have your espresso machine in place, first things first, you are to preheat the machine, the Portafilter, as well as the cup. It is said that heating up the cup apparently helps retain the temperature of the coffee and the color of the cream for longer.
Next, grind some fresh, best quality coffee beans into a fine texture- normally similar to that of granulated sugar. Knowing how to tamp espresso will be an added advantage and help you even out your grounded coffee in order to get a richer flavor.
With the proper espresso machine, the only thing between you and an excellent cup of espresso is a few seconds. However, need not worry if you do not have one, you can also make espresso without machine.
Once you get your espresso shot, you might see a frothy crème, called crèma on top of your coffee, and this indicates that you got a perfect shot of espresso that is ready to be devoured!
Cleanse Your Palate
Now that you got that beautiful cup of espresso right in front of you, it is time to prepare your body for the bliss. Although optional, it is always recommended to cleanse your palate with water or soda to leave you with a clean refreshed mouth and tongue so that you can taste every inch of the different flavors yet better.
Smell, Stir and Indulge
Time to involve all your senses! Take in the fragrance and feel the flavors with your visual and nasal senses. As dramatic as it may sound, this actually prepares your body for what’s coming, accentuating your ability to feel the taste.
The Crema happens to be the bitterest layer of espresso and many people may not like the taste of it and might prefer having it skimmed before taking a sip of the espresso. However, you can also try an alternate way of stirring the crema into the espresso.
Either way, give your espresso a light stir, and now you are all ready to indulge in it.
Take a sip
While some people think espresso is meant to be taken in a single shot, this is not true. At least, not always! Once again, there is no right or wrong way of drinking espresso, but the traditional way is to take small sips and enjoying the rich flavors of your coffee – slowly. But be sure not to be so slow that your coffee cools and begins losing the flavors.
Pair something with your Espresso
Of course, you can have something to go with your espresso. Perhaps a cookie, or a piece of chocolate to neutralize all the bitterness? But of course, a true coffee lover would not want to ruin the flavors of the espresso by having something else.
So, that was your quick guide to drinking espresso.
Before you begin to ESPRESSO how helpful this had been, let’s just add a couple more tips for you!
Your Espresso Machine might need regular maintenance and yet might, at times, act up a little. Don’t worry, that is not abnormal and can be fixed. If you know how to descale espresso machine, you will be all good to go in a jiffy!
And last words for beginner level coffee lovers – Take it slow, try the milder types of coffee first, let your taste buds get used to the taste of Coffee. In fact, you can quickly learn
how to make latte, or cappuccino, or mocha for that matter. This will help prepare your taste buds for the mighty Espresso!
How To Drink Espresso [Italian Guide]
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I’m Louis Huynh & I’m the guy behind COFFEE MINISTER. In my blog, I share my expertise and help you with your coffee-struggles. I can read coffee like the back of my hand and brew it like it is in coffee shops.