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Espresso #5441567 05/29/20 08:34 AM
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I've always loved espresso. I was buying lattes a lot pre-pandemic so I decided to start making my own. Not only am I saving a lot of money, I can make it how I want it. Any tips on making lattes or espresso?

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Re: Espresso [Re: buster] #5441576 05/29/20 08:39 AM
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Originally Posted by buster
Any tips on making lattes or espresso?

To make espresso, for best results you will need:
- freshly roasted beans
- grind them just before pulling an espresso shot
- a decent espresso machine that can produce 9 bars of extraction pressure.

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Re: Espresso [Re: buster] #5441585 05/29/20 08:48 AM
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^yes that is the expensive way. Ultimately the best way.


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Re: Espresso [Re: buster] #5441619 05/29/20 09:12 AM
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Mine is a cheapo setup, too. But the coffee is always illy

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Re: Espresso [Re: buster] #5441627 05/29/20 09:17 AM
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^I almost bought that one. While it may not produce espresso as good as the machines, it's still good.


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Re: Espresso [Re: buster] #5441657 05/29/20 09:44 AM
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Have friend who says a burr grinder makes a big difference in balance of acidity, oils.


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Re: Espresso [Re: buster] #5441658 05/29/20 09:44 AM
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good morning:

i can't "expresso" my opinion as i have never tried one!

hopefully i can learn from this thread. good day Coffee2


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Re: Espresso [Re: buster] #5441672 05/29/20 10:01 AM
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Use tap water and don't fill past the valve located on the side of your moka pot then, fill the coffee filter right to the top but avoid packing it firmly. Use a low source of heat and allow the water heat up gently keeping the lid closed but keeping an eye on it. Once the espresso begins to brew, open the lid and monitor the level; remove from the heat as it approaches the top as it will still continue to brew off the heat (this avoids scorching the espresso). Use a long spoon to stir the espresso inside the moka before serving. I won't comment about which espresso to buy because you're already on the right track.

I need to get one of those mugs!

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Re: Espresso [Re: Quattro Pete] #5441678 05/29/20 10:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Quattro Pete
Originally Posted by buster
Any tips on making lattes or espresso?

To make espresso, for best results you will need:
- freshly roasted beans
- grind them just before pulling an espresso shot
- a decent espresso machine that can produce 9 bars of extraction pressure.

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Beautiful!


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Re: Espresso [Re: John_Conrad] #5441679 05/29/20 10:05 AM
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good morning:

i can't "expresso" my opinion as i have never tried one!

hopefully i can learn from this thread. good day Coffee2


Haven't you "bean" to a coffee house? Does it "grind" you the wrong way? Waiting in those long lines gets me "steamed" .


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Re: Espresso [Re: buster] #5441680 05/29/20 10:07 AM
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Buy a pump machine like the Breville above. Buy beans and grind at use. The filter basket and pull pressure will dictate the grind. You want plenty of crema and a steady zlow pull and a firm moist puck. zThere is a learning curve.


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Burr grinder is a must for home brewing but a decent one can cost about $200. shocked2


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Burr grinder is a must. My dad had a spice grinder and a cheaper espresso machine and it made acrid espresso. The burr grinder helped. Also a high end water filter. I use a Zero water 5 stage filter. I get them at Target.


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Also a high end water filter. I use a Zero water 5 stage filter. I get them at Target.

Zero Water is great. That's what I use as well.


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Re: Espresso [Re: sloinker] #5441743 05/29/20 11:14 AM
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Originally Posted by sloinker
Buy a pump machine like the Breville above. Buy beans and grind at use. The filter basket and pull pressure will dictate the grind. You want plenty of crema and a steady zlow pull and a firm moist puck. zThere is a learning curve.



I have a similar Breville. They're great, but pricey. A used Gaggia is a good way to start, too.

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