Espresso Coffee and Espresso Based Coffee Beverages
There are a plenty of different fancy espresso coffee drinks. With a lot of coffee options with fancy names to choose from the coffee shop ordering experience can be confusing. Below you can find explanation about espresso coffee along with a few small diagrams to help you wrap your head around some of espresso based coffee beverages differences.
About Espresso Coffee
Espresso coffee making method and coffee machine was invented in 1884 by Angelo Moriondo of Turin. First of all, lets define what is espresso coffee, or espresso “shot” as they say today, and how it is made.
Espresso coffee prepared by forcing pressurized steam or hot water through finely ground espresso-roast coffee beans. Espresso coffee has a thicker consistency, a higher concentration of suspended solids, and crema (a foam on a top of beverage) in comparison to other coffee brewing methods.
Espresso coffee is a result of the pressurized brewing process, where all of the flavors and chemicals in a typical cup of coffee are very concentrated. For this reason, espresso coffee shot is the basic starting point for all other coffee drinks, such as latte, cappuccino, macchiato, mocha, freddo, granta, lingo, americano and much more. You can add extra ‘shot’ of espresso to make your coffee beverage stronger.
How to Make Perfect Espresso Coffee
To get the very best results, grind your coffee beans just before making espresso drink. The oils that give coffee its complex delicious flavor best kept locked inside the beans. If you grind coffee beans in advance then these oils can deteriorate rapidly in a prolonged contact with air.
The best solution is to invest in a little bean-grinder, or even a ‘bean-to-cup’ automatic or semi-automatic expresso coffee machine. The best coffee bean’s grinders have canonical grinder’s head made from a metal.
Only a quality espresso coffee maker, which is able to exert hot water or steam under high pressure, will give you the richest and smoothest espresso. If you prefer the retro charm of a mocha pot, you can still make a decent cup of espresso.
How to Recognize Perfect Espresso Coffee
Perfectly made espresso coffee has a plenty of crema – the thin layer of golden brown foam siting atop the coffee for a few of minutes after making. Under-extracted espresso coffee has thin and light-colored crema, a little aroma and a flat taste. Over-extracted espresso coffee has a dark crema with a black hole in the middle and a bitter taste.
Comparison Diagrams of Espresso Based Coffee Drinks
Popular Espresso Coffee Beverages
Now you know almost everything about expresso coffee and all different espresso-based beverages and can easily choose which one you want to drink today.
Next time you go for a cup of espresso to a local coffee shop, note the crema on every espresso coffee shot you drink, and you’ll quickly learn to spot a good espresso coffee seller.