Like to Make Gourmet Espresso Drinks? Check These Espresso Facts (pt. 2/2)
Yesterday we covered the basic history of espresso: how it developed as a solution to manufacturing/efficiency issues and how it spread into Italy’s private residences and across the Atlantic to the United States. Today four out of every five Americans drink espresso, which accounts for more than 400 million cups per day.
If you like to make gourmet espresso drinks, then pull yourself a shot, sit back, and check out these six interesting facts about the coffee bean’s most dense liquid expression.
6 Facts About Espresso
- You might think that espresso has a lot more caffeine than drip coffee. On the contrary, a shot of espresso has roughly 1/3 less caffeine than your standard cup of drip.
- A single shot of espresso should be pulled in about 16-25 seconds, depending on other factors like how fine the grounds are, how densely the espresso has been packed, and how sweet or bitter the drinker prefers the espresso.
- A shot pulled in less time is known as a ristretto shot. Ristretto shots are bolder and more full-bodied with less of the bitterness that is typically ascribed to espresso. A shot pulled in more than the average amount of time is known as a lungo shot. It’s not as strong as a ristretto shot and is also bitterer. This type of shot is much less common than a ristretto shot.
- An espresso shot should be served properly in order for it to taste best. An espresso demitasse or shot glass should have a capacity of no more than 2 oz and should never be more than two-thirds full. If served in a larger glass or mug, the espresso will cool too quickly. Also, an espresso demitasse should be preheated prior to adding espresso.
- One way to test the mettle of a shot of espresso is to sprinkle sugar on top of the crema. The crema should be able to hold the sugar for at least half a minute before sinking.
- The optimum serving temperature for espresso is 160ºF. Espresso is made at 190ºF to 195ºF, however.
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