Espresso coffee - in short: hot pressurised water, run through coffee grounds.
You might have the fancy schmancy tools of the trade, or are just getting started. Either or the principles are the same and there are a few consistencies across both, which will help you achieve the best from your brew.
We roast blends, specifically developed to work alongside your espresso machine. Typically these coffees are strong in flavour and full in body - but again, there are a variety to suit your taste preferences or whether or not you drink with milk.
NOT ALL COFFEE IS THE SAME!
Each of the blends developed at Coffee MIO have their own specific recipe.
As every machine is different, so to are the parameters that they are made.
Lets start with an amount of coffee that comfortably fits in your basket.
Weigh how much coffee this is, and then aim to brew an espresso that is 2.5 times the weight of the coffee weight.
For example, if your portafilter fits 20g of coffee, aim for a beverage weight of 50g..
1. Prepare the portafilter
Remove portafilter. Clean and dry the basket. Purge the group head by allowing hot water to flow through. This clears the screen of any built-up coffee grounds.Place the portafilter on the scale and tare the scale to zero, then
place the portafilter under the grinder to receive the coffee.
2. Grind, dose and tamp
Grind enough coffee to fill your portafilter basket and then check the weight on the scales.Make sure coffee is distributed evenly in the basket and use a tamper to press down the bed of coffee.There should be 3-4mm of space at the top of the portafilter after tamping.
Insert the portafilter into the espresso machine. Place scales and cup below the portafilter, tare to zero and immediately start to brew. Stop the shot when the espresso is roughly double the weight of the ground coffee in the basket.
Serve your coffee immediately. Remove portafilter and knock out spent grounds. Pop the clean portafilter back into the machine to maintain its temperature.
Make sure the portafilter is hot when you start brewing. If it’s not, run some hot water through it to heat it up.
The espresso shot should first come out as drips and be heavy and oily, and eventually become a steady stream.
The taste should be clean and sweet, with balanced acidity. It should not be sour or excessively bitter.
While you brew your espresso, set your timer to see how long the shot takes. Ideally, you want to brew a shot that is 2.5 times your ground coffee weight in between 25-30 seconds.
SOME EXTRA TIPS WHEN MAKING ESPRESSO.
What is the brew ratio? And how do i calculate it?
All of our Coffee MIO blends and single origins that are roasted for espresso all have their own specific brew ratio.
The brew ratio refers to the ratio, by weight, between water and coffee and is the core of the brewing process.
This 'Brew Ratio' is used to extract the optimum flavour, sweetness and aromatics from the coffee.
An espresso brew ratio of 2.5 Means that if you use 20g grams of coffee you would use 2.5 times the coffee weight for water that, being 50g.
Our traditional blends work best as a split shot (25ml in each cup before adding milk, or drinking it straight up as an espresso.)
My coffee is extracting too fast.
If brewing your coffee is taking too long, sounds like your coffee is too fine and needs to be adjusted coarser to make your coffee flow a little faster. Main rune of thumb is that we are trying to extract our coffee between 25 - 30 seconds. This is the sweet spot for most of our blends.
My coffee is extracting to slowly.
If your coffee is extracting to slowly it more than likely is due to the fact the grind is too fine. Another tell tale sign is the the left over coffee in your paper filter is quite wet and sloppy.
To solve this simple make the coffee a little coarser, you should aiming to finish your total brewing process in around 3 minuets.
How do i store my coffee?
How to prolong my lifespan?
Show me a little bit of love to keep your coffees tasting banging.
Storing me in an airtight container, something like these sexy ones:
AIRSCAPE STORAGE SOLUTIONS
Put me somewhere away from harsh light, extreme temperatures and moisture
(read: NO fridges. Definitely NO freezers.)