Our rich, varied, and wholesome range of speciality coffee is perfect for any espresso enthusiast. Whether you prefer single origin, blend, whole bean, or grounds, there’s something for you here. Though espresso is usually associated with an espresso blend that will balance the flavour, certain single origins can work just as well. We’ve selected the best coffees for espresso below. It’s important to note that a good espresso requires a very fine and even grind, so bear this in mind when picking your coffee of choice. Finding one you love won’t be a problem, but finding your favourite may not be so easy! Our range of coffee for your espresso is sourced from our favourite roasters and, as always, is roasted within the UK.
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The espresso is widely regarded as the purest essence of coffee. It is an indulgent treat made with just 30ml of water, and has a strong, powerful taste as well as an invigorating caffeine hit. With the right beans, espressos can be a true taste experience. However, if you use beans perfect for a Cafetiere then you may find the taste distorted when you use them to brew an espresso; this is why it’s important to choose your coffee selection wisely. We recommended sticking to the options on this page as this can provide you with a flavoursome and rich brew.
As with all coffee, the best taste is achieved when brewing with freshly ground coffee beans. If this is your preferred option then try our range of rich coffee beans for your next espresso. If you’re not able to grind your own beans then opt for espresso grind as opposed to coffee that has been pre-ground for a filter machine as this tends to be a coarser grind than you want. It isn’t just the grind that can affect how successful your brew is, it’s also when the beans were roasted. For an espresso, you should aim for those roasted around a week ago. Beans that were roasted too long ago will have a weaker aroma and a poor crema, potentially with an overly bitter taste. Coffee that is brewed too early within the first week after roasting can result in a foamy, bubbly extraction with a ‘hard’ flavour. All our coffee is freshly roasted to order so you can be assured of a fresh brew.
How to make your Espresso
Use about seven grams of grinds per espresso shot, and take care to tamp the shot properly into the filter. This will ensure that the water flows through the beans evenly, and make sure that you get the best possible crema. If you find that the flavour is lacking, try a finer grind, increase the pressure or tamp the coffee more firmly. Pressure is the most important thing here; if you do not use enough pressure then you are not making an espresso, but simply a very small amount of traditionally brewed coffee. Ideally, you should use 1-2 bar for a stovetop or Moka coffee maker, and 9 bar for an espresso maker.
If you follow the instructions above then the only thing left for you to do is find your favourite coffee for espressos and continue to brew!