Perhaps it was my friend’s overly enthusiastic sharing that threw me off, or we just weren’t meant to fall in love at that time. Until three years back, coffee and I crossed paths once again. At my first day working in the tea and coffee industry, I met my “Cup of Destiny” – an espresso. It was a burst of bold, sour and bitter taste that woke my slumbering taste buds. The strong flavor was strong at first, but slowly, a hint of delicate aroma taken over and lingered inside the mouth. That’s how my love for espresso began.
What is the Best Italian Coffee?
A lot of people do not know Italian espresso is served in small amounts known as shots, so some might wonder why the espresso cup is so small. To avoid customer complaints in small serving, some restaurants might purposely serve espresso in larger amounts. This is very wrong! The best espresso should be served according to the standard of 25 – 35 ml with a total brewing time of 20 – 30 seconds. It should be prepared from 7 – 9 grams (14 – 18 grams for double) of coffee through which clean water of 92 – 95oC has been forced at 9 – 10 (bar) of atmospheric pressure. While brewing, the flow of espresso should appear to have the viscosity of warm honey so that the resulting beverage will exhibit a thick reddish-brown crema.
Knowing a little bit more about coffee can make you appreciate the specialty coffee and brewing we have in town. So next time when you visit a coffee shop, take a moment to observe the ritual of the barista. See whether the barista’s coffee making is right. If not, then you know you gotta find another shop. Give it a try and have some fun because who knows, you might find the love of your life during the process.