Real quick post…. we learned this morning that the difference between a really good espresso drink and a really bad espresso drink is the way the espresso is extracted. Espresso in italian means “quick coffee”. Espresso is typically extracted within 25 secs., thus the meaning behind quick coffee. What makes a good espresso extraction is how course or fine the grind is, how much coffee is loaded into the porta-filter and if the tamp is level and consistent .
Then we learned about properly steaming milk. You want a velvety consistency to your steamed milk. You don’t want many bubbles or clumps or “mounds” of foam. You want a velvet like foam.