Espresso is an art in Italy, or more accurately, a ritual deeply embedded in everyday life. And as any ritual, the preparation of the perfect espresso is surrounded by a set of very specific terms that today we share with you.
First, let’s define what an espresso is. Espresso is essentially a highly concentrated coffee made using a machine that forces water through finely-ground coffee beans.
This word means basically “grinding,” and refers to the grinding of the coffee beans. Italian tradition dictates that coffee beans be ground right before making the espresso so as to preserve all their aromas.
Every small gesture the barista makes during the preparation of an espresso has a name. “Flussaggio” can be translated as “flushing” and consists in detaching the filter of an espresso machine and letting the water run in order to “purge” it. Italian baristas are supposed to make a “flussaggio” every time they make an espresso.
This term refers to the act of pressing the ground coffee beans to make them as compact as possible in order to avoid that they separate as water is forced through them. The pressatura is made using a pressino, a small metallic object with a handle.
You may have guessed that this word means “extraction,” the part of the process where the espresso is made. The Italian tradition dictates that extraction should last something between 20 and 30 seconds.
The foam that forms on the surface of a shot of espresso is one of the hallmarks that set this coffee brewing method apart. The specifications are very, very precise:
- Width: approximately 3 millimeters.
- Volume: equivalent to roughly 10% of the espresso shot.
- Color: hazelnut with reddish tones.
- Texture: compact
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