July 4, 2023

Brew Better At Home

Feeling ready to nail a better Brew at home? James, our GM, has been busy putting together some of our fave espresso dialling in tips to help you make the perfect cuppa like a pro!

1. Adjusting Water Ratios for Espresso Extraction:
Experiment with different water ratios to customise your espresso experience. For a concentrated punch, try a 1:1.5 ratio. For a delicate flavour explosion, aim for a 1:2.5 ratio. Find your perfect balance by tweaking the amount of water used in your espresso brewing process.

2. Portafilter Baskets:
Consider the size of your portafilter basket when adding coffee grounds. An 18-gram basket is ideal for 16-20 grams of coffee. Staying within this range ensures proper pre-infusion, where water meets the grounds. Achieve the best results by maintaining the recommended coffee-to-basket ratio. It’s all about finding that perfect balance!

3. Understanding the Impact of Roast Degree:
Let’s spill the beans on roasting! The degree of roast can shake up your extraction game. Lighter roasts are less soluble than darker roasts, so they might need some extra care. Patience is key when brewing light roasts—allow them to brew a bit longer to unlock their full potential. Experiment with different roasts to extract your perfect cup of joe!

4. Troubleshooting Under-Extraction:
If your coffee tastes sour, lacks sweetness, or has a quick finish, it may be under-extracted. Boost your brew by either increasing the yield or grinding your coffee finer. These adjustments can help you find the sweet spot for a flavour-packed and well-extracted espresso!

5. Recognising a Well-Extracted Espresso:
A well-extracted espresso exhibits qualities like sweetness, refreshing acidity, cleanliness, and a lasting finish. When your espresso hits all these right notes, you know you’ve brewed a winner. Master the art of extraction to savour the delicious results and elevate your coffee experience!

By following these tips and techniques, you can enhance your espresso extraction process and achieve the perfect cup of joe. Start experimenting and enjoy the rewarding journey of mastering your espresso extraction. Cheers to your newfound expertise!

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