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Things You Didn’t Know About Your Espresso
A quick espresso on-the-go is an essential part of everyday life in Italy and no coffee bar would be complete without an espresso machine. The MUMAC Museum of espresso machines near Milan gives visitors an insight into more than a hundred years of technology, design, and the art of producing a perfect espresso. Read on to know more about your favorite espresso.
The birth of espresso
Luigi Bezzera from Milan designed the world’s first espresso machine in 1902. The built-in water boiler creates steam at a pressure of a hundred degrees Celsius. With this pressure in the machine, one can quickly conjure up an espresso through the filter. In 1948, the espresso that we know today was born.
The Gaggia Classica was the first version to build up to 8 bars of pressure, forcing piping hot water through the filter. This newer version of espresso machine produced a cream-colored coffee drink with a richer aroma that became a hit with the customers. The espresso quickly became a firm favorite in Italy and espresso machines were soon in demand the world over.
Making the best espresso
The most important thing to remember in preparing the espresso is to ensure that fresh, whole beans are being used. When looking for the best espresso coffee beans, the trick is to get the ones that are as fresh as possible. These coffee beans should not be left sitting on the shelves very long.
It is not recommended to buy too many bags of fresh coffee beans and leave them on the shelves or closets for long periods of time. Pre-ground coffee beans are also not recommended. Fresh, whole coffee beans should only be ground almost instantly when making the espresso.
There are 2 brands of coffee beans on the market that both produce excellent crema, they are the Malabar Gold and the Lavazza Super Crema.
The Malabar Gold is a very interesting coffee. It was developed by a nuclear physicist who applied science to the roasting of the coffee beans. This coffee produces a velvety smooth crema that can last for quite a while.
The Lavazza Super Crema, on the other hand, produces a really smooth shot of espresso without any of that bitterness. It’s actually a blend of 80/20 Arabica and Robusta beans.
The difference between Arabica and Robusta
The 2 main types of coffee beans are Arabica and Robusta. Both of these 2 main types of coffee beans can have different tastes depending on the countries and regions where they are grown. Some of the factors that affect their taste are the soil, climate, and altitude.
Arabica coffee beans are much harder to grow and they don’t respond well to improper handling. They taste sweeter, often leave fruity undertones, and have a higher acidic content. The beans that are grown in South America have undertones of cocoa with a slightly bitter flavor. Those grown in Africa, particularly in Kenya, have been found to be much bitter flavor. Arabica is the superior type of coffee bean and is more expensive than Robusta.
Considered as the more inferior coffee, Robusta beans are much easier to grow especially in most parts of Asia. They have a stronger, bitter taste and have a higher caffeine content than Arabica.
Despite being known for their lower quality, the beans grown in Java, Indonesia, and Kona, Hawaii is considered to be of gourmet quality and can command higher prices in the coffee market. Low-grade Robusta is the main component of most instant coffee sold in supermarkets worldwide.
The 2 types of roasting the coffee beans
There are two ways of roasting different types of coffee beans for the espresso. Coffee beans could either be blended before roasting or blended after roasting. The first type of roasting is much quicker and can make all the different aromas blend well.
But different bean types need different roasting temperatures and therefore this type of roasting produces a coffee blend of average quality. When roasting the blend, coffee beans of different types and sizes can be mixed altogether giving more blend options. Each coffee type is roasted at its ideal temperature and therefore producing a high-quality espresso blend.
Using the best espresso coffee beans is not enough to make a great cup of coffee. The different types of coffee beans, where and how they’re grown, the espresso machine, the blending and roasting process all play their part in making a perfect espresso.
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