I cannot do without coffee. It doesn’t really matter if they are instant, brewed or from the most expensive brands. I must have my coffee everyday, except when I was pregnant and lactating. I am not finicky about what I drink as long as the tastes suit my tastebuds.
The above is the Lavazza Espresso Coffee. My hubby who has Italian colleagues is very picky on what he drinks and he only likes espresso. We have an espresso pot at home which I have never learnt to use!
Therefore, I took the task of capturing the step-by-step of brewing espresso at home to share with everyone.
STEP ONE – THE POWDER
The pot is bought from Italy and of the right size for one person. There are several parts to it which boggle my mind. First, pack the coffee powder into the appropriate level. It has to be firmly packed. (roll eyes) The coffee powder has to be the very best and only a few brands ‘passed the test’. (more roll eyes LOL)
STEP TWO – THE WATER
Note that I spelt expresso in my photos with an x and not s? I even spelt wrongly! LOL. Ignore the hot water. Actually, according to my fussy hubby, the water must be only of certain brand. (roll eyes more) The water is placed at the bottom level of the pot. The whole pot is placed on top of a hot plate.
STEP THREE – BREWING
The powder now is on the top level. The water in another chamber. The whole pot must be screwed real tight so that when the water boils, steam will push out of the little chimney. LOL, I am confused now. What about you?
STEP FOUR – THE STEAM
See that the chamber is empty? A few minutes is need for the water to start boiling…..
STEP FIVE – READY!
There…the steam comes out of the funnel/chimney like hole and coffee is ready.
That is how espresso is brewed at home.
I found a site linked from Lavazza call The Coffee Science Information Centre. If you are guilty of gulping down the quantity of caffeine like I do, you may find this site ‘comforting’. LOL.
Personally, if I go to coffee joints, I prefer to drink a normal brew, latte or tall black. I found one gulp of espresso too fast, too quick for my money. Usually, I need a double shot. With a bigger mug, I can sip longer.
Here’s a picture of the machiatto I ordered from Haagen Dazss. Machiatto is espresso with a portion of milk to make it less ‘sharp’.
At home, I have tiny spoons and tiny espresso cups, all courtesy of my fussy hubby! If he doesn’t brew the espresso, I would prefer my three-in-one Aik Cheong white coffee or Nescafe Gold black, without sugar.
Ahhh…I am a coffee addict. How about you?