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How To Make the Best Espresso Coffee Italian Style
Do You Love Espresso Coffee?
One of the many things that I love about Italy is the espresso coffee. Now it is part of my day-to-day life. There is no way I start my day without it, and another one after lunch is mandatory!
Of course, not everybody likes espresso; Two days ago I was in Paris with one french colleague, and he told me: "when I pay for coffee, I expect to receive a big coffee, not that espresso!". It is like the size of the little cup is not worth what he paid for.
So this article is for real espresso lovers... if you do not love espresso, stop reading right now, because I am showing you how to make the best espresso coffee italian style!
Choose Your Coffee Wisely!
The most important thing is to choose a good coffee; I have tried many of them, and I have found that the one I like the most (and also many of my friends) is this one: . If you can not find it in your supermarket, you can find it in Amazon. Kimbo Espresso Napoletano
Other very valid choices are: Illy, Pellini Top, Lavazza and Vergnano.
Richly aromatic with a well-defined body, moka stovetop coffee is an easy-to-prepare morning ritual in most Italian households / For stovetop makers Boiler temperature indicator Brass boiler to ensure an optimal temperature, and to produce more steam Decalcification indicator Dimensions - 12.2h x 11.0w x 13.2d.
Lavazza Crema E Gusto Ground Coffee is an Arabica/Indian/Robusta blend pre-ground espresso. It is a bold, chocolaty flavor and dark roasted. Designed for espresso machines it is packaged in 8.8-ounce bricks.
The Lavazza super crema, whole bean, 2.2 pound bag are a premium blend of 80% sweet arabicas and 20% robustas producing a rich, intense flavor with a thick espresso crema that holds up well in cappuccinos and lattes. Super crema can also be used with all other brewing methods for an extremely rich, flavorful coffee.
Made in Italy. Made with a 100% Arabica beans. Arabica coffee is the most prestigious type of coffee. The best of the Caffe Vergnano rang, in an elegant black can: the finest varieties of Arabica from Central and South America selected by the Vergnano family in the countries of origin and prepared according to the traditional recipe. The slow traditional roasting gives to the coffee a sweet flavor and rounded aroma. A great blend also for the most demanding connoisseurs with a low caffeine content, ideal to drunk in the evening. Packing in a protective atmosphere guarantees its fragrance and keeps it fresh.
Let the Ritual begin...
be precise on the water quantity
For me is pretty much a ritual now. I have gathered different techniques from many of my italian friends, and have applied them to my coffee making process. The result? Many of them after drinking coffee at my house say: "Wow Luis! this is truly a great coffee!"
First, take your well trained italian espresso coffee maker and add some water inside. It is very important that you do not use hot water. I use water from the faucet, as cool as it comes out. Hard water is not good for espresso coffee, so do not use it. There is a valve inside, fill it up until the water level is right below that little hole.
Where Do You Keep Your Coffee?
Keep it away from the sunlight!
I usually keep my coffee in a kitchen cabinet at room temperature, but away from the sunlight. I have heard from people that keep it in the refrigerator, but I personally do not like it; you can try that though, and see if it works for you.
Let's Add Some Coffee!
I like my coffee to have a strong flavor. So, I take the funnel on my italian moka and fill it up creating a "little mountain" on it. Do not press it, just leave it that way.
Also, make sure that the coffee you are putting on the coffee maker is finely ground.
What's your favorite coffee brand?
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The Author recommends: Bialetti Espresso Makers
Adding eclectic character to the kitchen stovetop, this polished-aluminum coffee pot features a unique octagon shape that was first designed in Italy in 1933. The unit makes six 2-ounce espresso cups of coffee in just four to five minutes and is extremely simple to use. Just fill the lower chamber with water and the top filter with fine-ground coffee. Then place the pot on the stove and heat until the water boils. Through a pressurizing process, espresso moves to the upper chamber of the pot, ready to be served. Other highlights include a flip-up top with an easy-grip knob, a stay-cool black plastic handle, and a side-pour spout. When finished using the unit, wash it by hand with warm soapy water and rinse clean. Made in Italy, the espresso maker measures 4-1/4 inches wide by 8 inches tall.
With most espresso makers, you have to steam the milk in a separate pitcher immediately after your espresso is brewed. Not so with the revolutionary new Mukka Express, made in Italy by the ever-popular Bialetti. This stovetop espresso maker produces two cups (7-1/2 ounces) of frothy cappuccino by brewing the espresso and steaming the milk into the same container. All you have to do is add the ingredients-water, ground coffee, and milk-and place the Mukka on a stovetop burner. Push in the central button to activate the frother. If you prefer steamed rather than frothy milk, in other words, a latte rather than a cappuccino, leave the button up. When it's done, pour the milky coffee into two cups or mugs, and enjoy.
Set which includes an Italian 6-cup aluminum, stovetop espresso maker along with an Italian milk frother. This set allows you to create a great tasting cappuccino or latte.
Screw tight your italian coffee pot and put it on the kitchen burner. Keep the flame to a normal level, because if it's high, your coffee will come out before its time, and it will probably will have this burned taste. Our coffee needs its own time!
Also, keep the lid of the coffee maker up: it will prevent that the condensed vapor going back to our ground coffee, which may variate its flavor.
Drink it the proper way!
Excellent capability of enhancing the aroma of the coffee thanks to the bottom designed especially for this purpose. Numbered collection in hard porcelain, decorated in seven colors, embellished with a fine gold under glaze and taken from original drawings by the artist Laura Sala.
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With two thermostats for separately controlling water and steam pressure, this convenient appliance makes espresso or cappuccino at the perfect temperature for both. The 15-bar pump-driven machine features a durable stainless-steel broiler, and its self-priming operation allows for brewing a favorite beverage without annoying start-up preparations. In addition, the unit's unique dual-function filter accommodates both E.S.E. pods and ground espresso. Used with ground espresso, the filter mixes air into the brewing process to produce a perfect crema, which, distinguished by its caramel color, is the essence of authentic espresso. And for excellent cappuccinos, the espresso maker's adjustable swivel jet frother mixes steam and milk to create a rich creamy froth. Other highlights include a removable 35-ounce water tank for simple cleaning and filling, an "on/off" switch with an indicator light, and a removable drip tray. Designed and engineered in Italy, the 1000-watt espresso maker measures 7-1/2 by 9-1/2 by 11-1/8 inches and carries a one-year warranty.
Take it out as soon as it brews
Actually... before it does!
Do not leave the coffee on the burner. A second before it comes up completely, take it away from the burner.
If you are using a 1-cup coffee maker, just pour it to your italian coffee cup, and enjoy!
Instead, if you have a bigger espresso coffee maker and you are sharing it with more people, take a teaspoon and stir it a little bit (5 times will suffice).
There you are: you have prepared your own espresso coffee italian style!