How To Create The Perfect Cup Of Espresso

I am often a coffee snob.  The first sip of my java is the most exhilarating experience of my life, because I feel like I’m in the palms of the great god of coffee.

I am the coffee snob.  I love all things coffee.  When I tell people I am, they usually respond with “Oh!  What are you drinking?” I always go on about the perfect cup of espresso, my secret stash from that Italian roaster and how I always get that great taste of roasted cacao beans. So here goes: I am the best coffee snob.

Let me start by saying that a couple of words of caution to coffee snobs:  We are all about that “first sip”.  And there is nothing wrong with having a drink to start with, but don’t expect perfection… I am going to break it to you here.  The amount of quality coffee you get from one cup of beans is much, much more important then how they were ground or prepped.  Think about it.  If your latte is as good as when you got it, it’s time to make other coffees.  If you can do one great cup of coffee that is the barista’s fault for not having the perfect water.

Don’t ever take one cup of coffee… One cup… Seriously and let’s be serious…  I mean… Really let’s just say you don’t have to take a great cup of coffee… a great cup of coffee that tastes just as good as the day it was brewed, is a nice feat, but it shouldn’t be the end-goal.  And even if you have the first two or three great coffees, I don’t think you should ever try to make that a “my coffee is that good”.  I know that sounds silly, but honestly.  If your coffee isn’t the best, it’s not really your coffee.  It’s a great cup of coffee.  Don’t make it the best.  If you want to make it the best, make some great coffee, keep it fresh and be a snob.  In my opinion at least.

You have two options here.  You can buy decent bean coffee and make it better… Or… You can make great coffee and make it better.  I am going to tell you how.

I’m going to start by giving you the easiest and quickest way to make great coffee, so we all end up with the same coffee for us both.

First I need to say that I’m not an espresso snob.  I am not looking to start a cup of espresso like a machine gun, I am just not that way.  If I did I would spend the rest of my life going to high quality coffee houses, training my own baristas and not having to worry about what’s on the menu at the barista.  But I do like good bean coffee, so I will use my knowledge in a slightly different way.

Before you get started on my recipe I want you to know something.  This recipe has a few secrets and it probably takes the first couple of tries to get your hands on some good coffee.  If you read my last post you know that I did spend a lot of time brewing good coffee, and my first few attempts were definitely more than half made by me.  So please be patient and take notes from them.  They may save time in the long run, but they will pay off in the long run…