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Espresso 101 With Roastmaster Chris

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Espresso 101 With Roastmaster Chris

The perfect espresso is both an art and a science.

  But, it's not as hard to make as one may think. Join Head Roastmaster Chris in the video below to learn how to make the perfect espresso.
How To Make The Perfect Espresso:
  • Grinder: Capable of grinding a uniform particle size, fine enough to be able to brew espresso properly.
  • Espresso Machine: Capable of consistent and powerful pressure.
  • Start with fresh espresso beans - like Joffrey's Italian Espresso.
  • Use a grinder made for espresso that can grind the beans very fine.
  • Place the portafilter under the grinder doser and fill level to top of basket.
  • Place the portafilter on a hard surface and "tamp", applying even pressure to ensure a tight pack.
  • Make sure no grounds are on the outside rim of the portafilter.
  • Lock portafilter into espresso brewer and place a cup beneath.
  • Perfectly brewed espresso should pour like two golden brown streams of foam. When finished, it should have a nice thick "crema" on top.
  • Sit back and enjoy your espresso shot OR use it to create your favorite latte or cappuccino!
  Looking to use your espresso in your favorite espresso-based beverage? 
  • Latte
    • Ingredients:
    • Prep:
      • Pour espresso into serving cup
      • Add syrup if desired and stir
      • Slowly pour steamed milk over espresso and top with remaining foamed milk
  • Cappuccino
    • Ingredients:
    • Prep:
      • Pour espresso into serving cup
      • Then, pour steamed milk slowly over espresso, stopping about half way
      • Pour foamed milk slowly on top of steamed milk, ideally using half steamed milk and half foamed milk
  • Mocha
    • Ingredients:
      • 1 oz. Dark, Milk or White Chocolate Sauce
      • 2 oz. of your favorite Joffrey’s espresso
      • Steamed milk
      • Combine espresso and chocolate sauce in serving cup, stir and set aside
      • Steam milk
      • Pour steamed milk into serving cup, stirring gently
      • Enjoy!
  If you don't have access to these tools - check out our blog posts on how to brew espresso at home using a Moka Pot or AeroPress.   Share how you make your perfect espresso at home by tagging us on social media and using #JoffreysMoments!

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