Guest Post: Does the Quality of Your Espresso Machine and Espresso Cups really make a Difference?
The quality of the espresso machine as well as that of the cups you use has a huge impact on the taste of the espresso. Most people do not take much notice of the cups being used to serve espresso, but the truth is that if you sit down and compare the taste of espresso in paper, plastic, and ceramic mugs simultaneously, you will be able to notice a big difference in the quality, sweetness as well as subtle favors, which are responsible for making your coffee special.
Most of the coffee shops sell lattes or espresso shots in paper cups, but if you understand the process by which paper is manufactured, you will easily be able to understand why it doesn’t exactly accent your coffee. The aftertaste of a paper cup is different depending on brand with some manufacturers advertising minimal papery linger. Regardless, though, paper cups surely leave residual taste in the espresso, which distinctly changes its flavor.
The paper that is used for manufacturing paper cups is usually made using a fine lining of plastic or wax. Though this plastic or wax is supposed to be tolerant towards heat, the fact is that many times it is unable to handle temperatures as high as 200 degrees, which is used for preparing espresso.
Not even plastic cups are suitable for serving espresso. They are also known to taint the flavour of coffee drinks and break down under the heat.
Porcelain Preserves Flavour of Espresso
Built specifically for the purpose of retaining heat, their non-porous structure, as well as its attractiveness makes porcelain cups the ideal medium for serving piping hot espresso. A good quality porcelain mug does well in preserving flavour, as well as adding immensely to its quality and taste. There’s nothing like espresso in the raw! Straight from the shot glasses, and into a porcelain cappuccino cup or an elegant demitasse is the only way to go when it comes to really appreciating your coffee and steering clear of harmful chemicals!
The cleanliness of the cups also play an important role in maintaining the quality and taste of the espresso. Just like your teeth, an espresso cup also stains. This can affect the quality of your espresso to a great extent. Therefore, to clean the porcelain well, use soap and hot water every time you down some shots. After washing, make sure to dry them immediately to prevent the buildup of residue inside. Since espresso is an extremely delicate beverage, it easily changes its quality if not kept in a suitable environment.
The quality of the espresso machine is equally important for maintaining the taste and flavour of your espresso. Making and drinking espresso is an experience which must be appreciated and shared throughout one’s life. Therefore, it is advisable to invest in high quality espresso machines with good reputation, quality, and proper features. The higher quality machines that offer up 15 or more bars of pressure, ensure an even flow and a forceful shot. If the machine doesn’t have the power to pull water through your grounds at the right speed, then you will face serious setbacks in terms of quality. Espresso is like a fine wine. The right materials and procedure can produce a beverage with an infinite amount of taste potential. If your only goal is to get buzzed on caffeine, then I guess it doesn’t matter. But if you are a true espresso aficionado like myself, then don’t hold back from investing in good equipment, my friend!
About The Author: This is a Guest Post on the Espresso Deco Blog by Ethan S. Ethan S. writes on behalf of Design55, a UK-based designer furniture shop that specialises in modern homewares. Image via stevensnodgrass on Flickr.