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Portafilter preparation: perfect espresso at home

For the perfect espresso, you need 7 to 10 g or 16 to 20 g of coffee powder, depending on the size. Select the grind so that your espresso is extracted within 25 to 30 seconds. In this article you will learn everything about portafilter preparation and how to make a perfect espresso at home.

The importance of grinding degree and contact pressure

Remember that the grinding degree, the amount of coffee and the contact pressure influence the throughput time. With a portafilter machine, the throughput time starts as soon as you start the water supply. Pour the ground coffee into the portafilter and press it firmly with a tamper. Make sure to use a contact pressure of around 15 to 20 kg to press the ground coffee evenly.

Step-by-step instructions for portafilter preparation

Preparation and extraction

Briefly rinse the brew group, insert the portafilter and start brewing immediately – the brewing or extraction time starts now. If you have done everything correctly, your single espresso should be about 25 to 35 ml in your cup after 25 to 30 seconds.

Tips for the perfect espresso

Try out different grinds and contact pressures to find the ideal espresso. A tip: Rinse everything that comes into contact with the coffee thoroughly with hot water. This removes extraneous flavors and warms up the equipment. These simple steps can make a big difference to the taste of your espresso.

Care and cleaning of the portafilter machine

After portafilter preparation, the utensils used should be cleaned thoroughly. This keeps your equipment in perfect condition and does not negatively affect the aroma of the espresso. Regular cleaning also extends the service life of your appliances and ensures consistently good taste.

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