Medium - Medium+ (Full City - Full City+) Roast
Cup Characteristics: Well-rounded, playful acidity, full body. Flavor profile offers floral, sweet, chocolate, winey, and soft nutty notes, with a hint of fruit in the aftertaste.
They say that a great espresso should present you with a bright sweetness in the beginning and linger in your mouth, leaving you to ponder its balanced complexity. Vertere Espresso Blend represents just that sensation, whether as straight espresso or in a blended hot or cold beverage.
Whether in a home and commercial espresso machine, Vertere Espresso Blend offers a smooth experience, providing the pick me up you might need during the day or as a relaxing after dinner compliment to the end of your day.
Three things we find important in brewing an exceptional espresso: water, grind, and tamp. First, ensure that your machine produces the correct water temperature (195-205F) and make sure to use filtered water. You want to enjoy the complete taste of your espresso without the flavor killers chlorinated water presents. Next, make sure your grinder is suited for espresso grinds and that it is a burr grinder. It is important that the grind is fine enough and consistent enough to pack tightly and evenly in the portafilter to allow for maximum surface area as the pressurized hot water works to extract the flavors and oils in the coffee that makes espresso so unique. Finally, make sure you have the proper-sized tamper for your portafilter and tamp with the optimum pressure of about 30lbs. To gauge what 30lbs is, try pressing down on a bathroom scale of picking up an object weing 30lbs. Translate that idea of 30lbs to your tamping force. During extraction you want to mainly see crema leaving to portafilter, and it should take 24-26 seconds to produce a double shot of espresso in a two outlet portafilter.
Espresso is full of variables under the control of the professional or home barista. Have fun and experiment with grind, tamp, and extraction time. Your experimentation will reward you.
If possible, extract your espresso directly into the cup you will drink from to ensure the maximum amount of crema in your cup.
Enjoy and Ciao.
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