'Espresso' on Serious Eats

Coffee Maker History: The Moka Pot

Though it's essentially a percolating device, Bialetti legend suggests that the machine was inspired by early clothes-washing machines which used a heat source to boil a pail of sudsy water and cause it to rise up out of a tube, which could be aimed at soiled laundry. More

Coffee Methods: Reasons to Love a Longer Espresso Shot

For those who've even heard of it on American shores, the Caffe Allongé is, to many, much-maligned. And that's no surprise: US specialty coffee trends have definitively shifted towards the short shot—ristretto, or restricted, espresso pulls that draw a small amount of concentrated espresso with intense flavor. The allongé is considered strange, at best, by those who've embraced the ristretto trend. But to make a short story long...there's more to the allongé than a style mysteriously popular in Quebec. More

3 Good Coffee Drinks for Spring

We're facing down the unpredictable weather (warm one minute! cold the next!) with a nice mix of hot and iced caffeinated drinks to regulate our delicate body temperature–to-comfort ratio. Here are some coffee bevvies drinks that smack of the spring season. More

How Is an Espresso Blend Created?

The basic theory behind espresso blending is to create a layered set of flavors that respond well to the intense mode of brewing that is espresso. Layering allows the coffee roaster to control the sensory balance of acidity, sweetness, and body in a coffee—specifically in a coffee that's going to be brewed to accentuate all of the characteristics of the beans in a less-than-subtle way. More

Espresso with Lemon Peel: Yea or Nay?

It's a classic sight: A tiny cup of dark, bittersweet espresso with a fragrant shave of lemon peel on the saucer. Squeezed, sucked, or dropped into the coffee, there are innumerable ways to use the sour strip—but is the garnish authentic? More

3 Ways to Brew Better Coffee at Home for Under $500

Home coffee setups don't have to be cafe-caliber to make a big change in your daily routine. In this fifth of a series, we'll explore three easy ways to make huge improvements in what you taste—and how you think about brewing—each and every day. If you're looking for the perfect extravagant gift, to yourself or someone else, consider some of the following high-ticket items to class up your coffee with the highest quality. More

Barista Tips: The Espresso Tamper

In order to make the perfect shot of espresso, the coffee's got to be under pressure—not only from the water being pushed out of the espresso machine, but also from the barista herself. Today we explain the what, why, and how of tamping. (May the force be with you.) More

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