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How to make espresso like your local barista
All you need
1. Grind 22 grams of coffee beans and place them into your portafilter. This is called the dose.
Some home coffee machine portafilters don’t take this amount. If this is your case, you can start with what fits most comfortably in yours and take note of the dose’s net weight.2. Distribute into an even surface and tamper.
When you tamp the coffee into the portafilter, don’t overdo it, otherwise it will be pressed too hard. Push it down until you feel a natural resistance.3. Place the portafilter in the group head and start the shot.
With 22 grams of coffee, it should take between 35-40 seconds to produce roughly 45 mL of espresso. If your dose was a different size, you can use our timing as a reference and figure out how long you need to wait.
If it extracts much faster than that time and tastes sour and salty, it means you need to ground your coffee finer. If it takes much longer than this and tastes ashy and rough, you will have coarsen the grind.
The best way to master your coffee making skills is through a professional training course - you can sign up to Bepe’s Coffee School and learn everything you need to make the best coffee at home!