A great cup of espresso starts with the right machine. Breville makes some of the best espresso machines on the market, and in this post, we'll show you how to get the most out of yours. With just a few simple tips, you'll be making barista-quality espresso in no time!
The first step to making great espresso is to make sure your machine is properly set up. If you're using a Breville espresso machine, this means filling the water tank and attaching it to the machine. Then, insert the portafilter into the group head and tighten it until it's snug. Next, add your favorite coffee beans to the hopper and grind them to a medium-fine consistency. You want to make sure that with your nicely ground espresso beans, you are using the proper brewing ratios for inputting the right amount of ground espresso versus the right amount of water for brewing. The traditional ratio for espresso is somewhere between 1:1.5 to 1:2; this would mean you are using something like 18 grams of espresso and having a total weight of your espresso shot of around 27 grams to 36 grams. At our coffee shop, we typically brew with approximately 17 grams of ground espresso in and a total end weight of the shot at around 33 grams.
Making the Espresso
Once your machine is all set up, it's time to make the espresso! First, preheat your cups by running hot water over them. Then, put the portafilter into the group head and tamp down the ground coffee. Tamping is important because it ensures that the water flows evenly through the coffee grounds. Once you've tamped down the coffee, place your cups under the spouts and press the brew button. In just a few short seconds, you'll have perfectly brewed espresso!
Cleaning Your Machine
After you've enjoyed your delicious cup of espresso, it's important to clean your machine. Breville espresso machines are easy to clean - just remove the drip tray and empty it out. Then, rinse off the portafilter with some hot water and reattach it to the machine. That's it! With just a few quick steps, you'll be ready to make another perfect cup of espresso.
Making great espresso at home is easier than you think - especially if you have a Breville espresso machine! Just follow these simple tips and you'll be making barista-quality coffee in no time. And don't forget to clean your machine after each use - it only takes a few minutes and will help keep your machine in top condition for years to come. Thanks for reading and happy brewing!