The perfect espresso
Let's start with your machine
Make sure your coffee capsule machine has been recently cleaned, this will avoid calcium and lime deposits building up. Allowing you to have a creamy espresso. We recommend cleaning it every 3 months. regularly cleaning your coffee machine not only extends it's life by keeping the internal mechanics in good condition, it also ensures the quality of the coffee you brew.
Single use capsules can often contain added flavour enhancers so don’t be fooled by great marketing techniques.
Nespresso states that they use 95% Arabicas and 5% Robustas in their capsules. Some Italian blends often contain some Robusta beans. A touch of Robusta in a blend gives it that strong taste that we all love. To Achieve this intensity, you might like to try a similar blend. EcoKaffe recommend a strong dark roast, as stronger coffee tends to have a thicker and darker crema.
And remember - fresh is best. Head to your local roaster or cafe to chat about their available blends. By doing so you are also supporting small business thrive.
And now.. Get Grinding
It's not only the roast that makes the espresso, you'll find that the right grind plays an important part to the taste of your coffee and quality of crema.
In general, we recommend a fine grind works best for reusable pods - this means that the water has to push a tad harder to get through that ground coffee creating strong and fuller bodied espresso.
A coarser grind tends to create a lighter flavour and a lighter colour crema. Ask your local cafe or roaster to grind the beans to "Moka Pot" for optimal results.
For VertuoLine or Dolce Gusto refillable capsules, "Espresso" grind is best..
To achieve a lovely, intense coffee with pods, one method we have tested is to brew double ristretto style:
Use two capsules and brew 2 x short shots. A ristretto will also extract less acidity, so you'll end up with a lovely sweet, creamy espresso.
The other bonus of brewing this way? You will actually extract less acidity from the coffee, resulting in a less bitter tasting cuppa.