How to make espresso

How to make espresso

Want to be your own barista? Even if you have the best espresso machine on the market, it’s still all about technique. Follow our step-by-step guide, and you’ll be pulling a café-quality espresso shot in no time.

You’ll need:

  • Fine ground Pact Coffee
  • Espresso machine
  • Tamper


Fill your portafilter basket to the top with Pact Coffee - this will be around 14-18g, depending on your machine


Using a tamper, apply even pressure to the coffee grounds - don’t push too hard, just ensure it’s level


Place your portafilter into the espresso machine’s group head


Start the water flowing by pushing the button, or switching on your espresso machine. TOP TIP 1: If your espresso machine has an automatic timer, don’t use it! You’ll get a better extracted shot of espresso if you keep an eye on it yourself.


The water should pour like runny honey from a spoon, turning from dark brown to a pale blonde colour and thinning while it does so - that’s when you should stop the water. This will be between 25 and 30 seconds, making 40-50ml of espresso. TOP TIP 2: Coffee’s flowing slowly, or not at all? Either use a little less coffee, if using pre-ground coffee, or use a coarser grind if you’re doing it yourself. Flowing too fast? Just do the opposite!

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