The Basic Principles of Making Fresh Coffee in a HurryFebruary 19, 2014
When your craving for a great cup of coffee conflicts with your busy schedule, there are some alternatives to the jar of instant you’ve had in your kitchen cupboard for months. No, it’s not a trip to the local coffee shop; it involves becoming a barista in the comfort of your own home. Whether you want a creamy latte or the intensity of an espresso shot, a little knowledge of the coffee-making process and an espresso machine from the Lavazza A Modo Mio range is all you need to satisfy your cravings.
Get the water right
Water is a critical component to a great espresso-based beverage. Wherever possible, you should be using filtered water – particularly if you live in an area that has hard water. It is widely accepted that the optimum temperature for quality espresso is anything between 190F to 200F. Stray too far from that range, and your coffee will either be too weak or have an unpleasant, burnt taste.
Get some quality coffee
Coffee blends made predominantly with Arabica bends usually make the best espresso, but this is a matter of personal taste, and you should experiment with different espresso blends until you find something you like. Latin American and Indonesian blends are known for producing exceptional lattes and cappuccinos.
Perfect the grind
The grind is every bit as important as the water and quality of coffee, so you should ensure that the coffee you’re using in your chosen espresso machine has been ground accordingly. Too fine a grind will result in more contact time with water, and that will lead to bitter, overly strong beverages. However, too fine a grind will result in weak and flavourless coffee. While some machines have integrated grinding facilities, a cheaper option involves asking your coffee supplier for a grind appropriate for your machine – or buying a ready-made capsule of espresso coffee from the Lavazza A Modo Mio range.
Enjoy your home-made coffee in style
If you want to control all of the variables involved in making a great espresso-based beverage, you can. However, if you want a stunning cup of coffee in a hurry, using an espresso machine from Lavazza range is a great idea. All you need is a ready-ground capsule of coffee and a supply of water. And because these sophisticated machines have integrated steaming wands, you are assured of a delicious latte or cappuccino every time.