Coffee is a brewed drink prepared from roasted coffee beans. The taste and aroma of the coffee is beyond words. I am a coffee lover the aroma just mesmerize me whenever i get the flavour. I stop and enjoy the flavour of coffee whenever i cross a coffee chop. Even i smell the brewed coffee grounds before i discard it. I like my coffee slightly bitter and mildly sweetened. Creating great coffee is an art that takes time and skill to perfect.

People are always in a hurry. For many office goers, waiting five minutes for coffee to brew is too long. We are currently experiencing a new wave of innovation as the electronics is catching up with coffee machines. There are fully automated, push button espresso machines which grind and make a fresh shot or cup in one touch.

They do a better job than poorly trained people, but not as good as the best trained baristas. The current espresso-making technique was developed in Italy, where espresso is cheap and regarded as the equivalent of take-out coffee.
Espresso making using french press
Espresso as we know it is coffee brewed by forcing a small amount of nearly boiling water under pressure through finely ground coffee beans. Espresso is generally thicker than coffee brewed by other methods. Espresso is also the base for other drinks such as a caffè latte, cappuccino, etc.,

Espresso has more caffeine per unit volume than most coffee beverages, but because the usual serving size is much smaller, the total caffeine content is less than a mug of standard brewed coffee, contrary to a common belief.

The French press, is a cylinder-shaped beaker in glass, with a plunger. The piston of the plunger is of mesh, allowing fluid to flow through it but not coffee grounds.

French Press image or coffee plunger

The French press, also called the cafetiere (or) coffee press (or) coffee plunger.

french press, coffee plunger image

Coffee brewing in general is in three steps: wet, dissipate & diffuse
The first step is wetting, it is fully saturating the coffee grounds.
The second step, dissipation, is all about dissolving the solids that will make up the coffee-part of our beverage with our solvent, hot water.
The final step diffusion, is the movement of that coffee-water concentrate out of the grounds into the liquid.

ingredients to make espresso

  • Measure and grind the coffee seeds to medium coarse texture; make sure you use very dark beans or espresso beans for the process. Ideally the proportion is between 60-75 grams of coffee seeds for a liter of water.
coffee beans and powdered coffee image

  • Get water to boil around 195 degrees in a kettle on the stove. Rinse the french press with boiling hot water and discard it.
  • Now add the freshly ground coffee powder.
espresso making steps

  • Pour about half of your hot water evenly over the grounds. This step is called the bloom. Give the coffee and water mix with a spoon if desired and wait for 30 seconds.(i skip this step quite often and pour the whole lot of water and allow to steep)
steps in espresso making

  • Now pour the remaining half of your hot water over the coffee. Place the lid on your French press with the plunger pulled all the way up.
coffee blooming process

  • Allow to steep and brew for a good 4 to 6 minutes to get the most out of the unique qualities of the French press. If you prefer your espresso stronger, let it steep for longer.
  • Once the brewing is done, plunge gently. If you find the plunger getting tight, back it up an inch or two and resume plunging slowly but steadily. You're done!
coffee plunger espresso making

  • Transfer the mix right after plunging. Viola espresso brewing made simple.
  • Add sweetener if desired and serve!!!
  • Or else add milk and milk foam to make caffè latte, cappuccino..etc and enjoy the creamy coffee delicacies!!!
coffee making