A perfect espresso will keep your clients coming back for more, but you may be wondering if there's a way to make a perfect espresso every time. There are a few tips that can help. Here's what to consider with a commercial coffee or espresso machine.
1. Consider an Automatic Machine
An automatic espresso machine doesn't require you to pack each shot of espresso individually. Instead, you just hit a button, and the machine makes the espresso for you. This can be a great way to achieve consistency. That's important in a commercial environment where multiple people with different levels of coffee experience may be using your machine.
2. Use Quality Beans
The beans you use can have an impact on your final product. Try to use quality beans. Use beans that are designed to make espresso. Don't just use mild coffee beans.
Also, make sure you store the beans correctly. Ideally, they should be in an airtight container in a cool, dark place. They should not be stored in a fridge or freezer. That can reduce their flavour.
3. Grind the Espresso Daily
Whether you're using a commercial coffee machine or a commercial espresso machine, you should always try to use freshly ground beans. If you grind the beans too early, they have more time to get exposed to the air and lose their flavour.
Basically, a whole bean has much less surface area than a ground beans. As a result, ground beans get more affected by the air surrounding them.
Also, be sure to clean your grinder on a regular basis. The oils that build up in the grinder can affect the taste of the espresso.
4. Try Filtered Water
The water that runs through your coffee or espresso machine directly impacts the taste of the espresso. If the water doesn't taste nice, that can resonate in the coffee drink. To avoid this, only put filtered water in your machine. If your commercial machine is attached directly to a tap, talk with a specialist about putting in a filter at the water source.
5. Do a Dry Run
Finally, oils and old bits of coffee can also linger in your coffee machine. The taste of yesterday's old fetid coffee can get into today's new espresso. To prevent that from happening, you should do a dry run every day.
Simply, make an espresso without any beans. That dry run helps clean out the machine.