Even though espresso beverages are primarily made through espresso and coffee machines does not mean that you don't have control over some of the parts of the espresso-making process. In fact, there are several things about making espresso that will determine whether or not the beverage the machine comes out with is bitter, weak, or somewhere in between! If you have been the victim of poor espresso products in the past then chances are that you have had a good learning experience that not all espresso drinks are the same. Needless to say, once you get started making espresso then you will have not only more control over your own beverage, but you'll be able to perfect the art of making espresso so that it comes out the same every time!
Grinding the coffee beans
There are many different types of espresso machines on the market today and some of them will grind the espresso coffee beans for you while some of them will not. It is up to you whether or not you want to grind the beans yourself or have the machine do them, but it would be a good idea to at least try to hand-grind the coffee beans in order to fully understand the quality of espresso at different points of the grinding process. There are a couple principles about grinding espresso coffee beans that one should know as well. For example, if you don't grind the beans enough then you'll probably end up with a weak espresso beverage. The key to having a great tasting espresso is mainly in how fine or coarse the beans are ground. As mentioned, your espresso will be weak if you don't grind the coffee beans enough, but the drink will also be quite bitter if you grind the beans to pure powder!
On some of the espresso machines that you can buy there are different levels and settings of how fine or coarse you would like the coffee beans to be ground for your espresso. These settings usually range from low to medium to fine and they each have distinct tastes when the espresso comes out of the machine!
Another thing that one should pay attention to is just how much espresso they squeeze out of the machine. As everyone who loves espresso knows the espresso shots that come out of the machines are typically 1-ounce in a small espresso shot glass. With practice every time you make espresso from the machine you will get better at judging, but being able to tell when to stop pouring espresso out of the machine is crucial to having the best tasting espresso!
There are also plenty of ways one can make an espresso latte drink. Lattes are very popular throughout many parts of the world, but the main characteristic of a latte is the chocolate that's added to the espresso. An example of how one could easily make an espresso latte would be to pour just over an ounce of chocolate syrup in their glass and pour the espresso on top of it. Stirring the entire drink from the bottom of the glass up will ensure that the chocolate is thoroughly mixed with the espresso! For a finishing touch you can even be creative and put a dab of whipped cream on top! Altogether, thought, making your own espresso and latte is not hard, but it just takes practice and determination to make the best combinations!