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!

Make Espresso At Home | Moka Pot

We’ve shared one way of making coffee reminiscent of espresso at home using an AeroPress, but did you know there is another way?

Using a Moka Pot is a quick and easy way to make coffee resembling espresso at home – learn more about the method and how it’s done below:

Fun Facts About the Moka Pot:

  • An Italian Engineer invented the Moka Pot in the early 1930’s.
  • The coffee produced in a Moka Pot is not as strong as espresso, however, it’s stronger than your average cup of coffee –resulting in the perfect in-between.
  • The Moka Pot’s name was inspired by the city of Mocha in Yemen.
What You Need:
The Process:
  • Measure out 2 tablespoons or 20-22 grams of your favorite Joffrey’s coffee
    • Grind the beans as fine as possible
  • Pour 3 1/2 fluid ounces into the bottom of the pot
  • Pour the coffee grounds into the built-in filter, shaking to settle the grounds
  • Screw on the top and place on a stove burner set to medium heat
  • Wait until the coffee begins to foam and expand in to the upper level of the pot
  • Once top is full, remove from stove and pour into your favorite mug
  • Enjoy!

What’s your favorite brewing method to use at home? Comment below or share with us on social media by tagging us and using #JoffreysMoments!