How To Get The Best Coffee Out Of Your Home Machine
8 August 2023
Unlocking the full potential of your home coffee machine requires a combination of knowledge, skill, and attention to detail. From grinding your coffee to steaming milk and maintaining your machine, each step plays a crucial role in achieving that perfect cup. In this blog, we’ll cover five essential aspects that will help you brew exceptional coffee right in your kitchen.
1 Grinding your coffee
The foundation of great coffee starts with the right grind size. Invest in a quality coffee grinder that allows you to adjust the grind settings to suit your brewing method. For home machines, a dose of around 20.5 grams in a standard basket is recommended, however this will vary a lot from machine to machine, with some as low as 15grams. Experiment with different grind sizes and dose to find the sweet spot that delivers a balanced and flavourful extraction.
2 The art of tamping
Tamping is an essential step to create an even, level bed of coffee in your filter basket. Consistency in the amount of force applied, around 10-12 kgs of pressure, is key to achieving an even extraction across the coffee puck. However, keeping the tamp level is equally vital for uniformity. Additionally, practice good distribution techniques to break up coffee clumps, ensuring an even consistency before tamping.
3 Perfecting the extraction
Mastering your espresso extraction is essential for producing flavourful shots consistently. Timing is everything when it comes to extracting espresso. Follow an espresso recipe that involves precise measurements, a stopwatch or shot timer, and an adjustable coffee grinder. Discover the science behind extraction time and learn how to adjust grind size and dose to fine-tune your brew for the ideal flavour profile.
4 Steaming milk like a pro
Creating velvety, textured milk is a gateway to latte art and a delightful coffee experience. Focus on two main factors: temperature and texture. While home users can choose their preferred milk temperature, consistency across jugs and baristas is essential. Aim for 65°C, hot enough for most while avoiding the undesirable “porridge” taste. For texture, practice the “whirlpool” technique, creating fine bubble size that folds over on itself for that silky texture.
5 Cleaning your machine
Maintaining a clean coffee machine is vital for delivering consistent, flavourful coffee. Regularly clean the shower screens to prevent coffee residue from tainting your brew. Wipe the steam arm after steaming milk to prevent dried milk build-up. Purge the steam arm with a quick burst of steam after steaming, and if needed, remove and clean the steam tips. Keep group handles and filter baskets clean by soaking them overnight in hot water with coffee machine cleaning powder.
Mastering the art of brewing great coffee on your home machine takes time, practice, and attention to detail. By focusing on grinding, tamping, extraction, milk steaming, and machine cleanliness, you’ll be well on your way to crafting barista-quality coffee in the comfort of your own home. Happy brewing!
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