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Coffee & Food Program Director, Spro Coffee Lab
This article was co-authored by Rich Lee. Rich is the Coffee & Food Program Director of Spro Coffee Lab in San Francisco, a California-based company that specializes in craft coffee, experimental mocktails, and culinary food science. Together with his team, Rich strives to bring forth a uniquely transcendent experience, free of stereotypical eats and drinks. This article has been viewed 355,673 times.
Updated: December 19, 2020
To make an espresso with an espresso machine, start by grinding enough espresso beans to get 7 grams of espresso. Then, turn on your espresso machine and fill the tank with water. While the machine is heating up, remove the portafilter, add the espresso to it, and use a tamp to pack it down. Next, insert the portafilter into the brew head and start pulling the espresso shot. Finally, once the machine has brewed a single shot, which should take about 20 seconds, turn it off. To learn how to choose good espresso beans, keep reading!
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