1 Simple Tip to a Tastier Espresso: Removing Residue From Earlier Extraction

The major selling point for Nespresso and other capsule-style coffee machines is their ease of use. Just pop in a capsule, push a button, and you get a perfectly brewed cup of coffee in a matter of minutes. At Difference Coffee, we understand the appeal of this quick and easy method – it’s why we offer some of the world’s best coffees in the form of capsules. However, we do encourage you add one extra step to your coffee-making routine.

How to make espresso taste better

Removing residue left behind by earlier extraction could transform a bad espresso into a fantastic one.

Removing the residue left in your machine from the previous extraction before brewing a shot of espresso is simple to do, only takes an extra minute or two, and it considerably improves the quality of your espresso.

How to Remove Residue

Any coffee drinker who cares about the quality of their brew is probably aware of the need to regularly clean and descale any type of coffee maker. This kind of maintenance, generally necessary every few months, removes limescale, coffee residue and build-up of coffee oils from inside the machine, and results in a cleaner-tasting coffee.

Fewer people are aware of the method for flushing out old coffee residue in between making individual cups of coffee. Every time you brew an espresso – yes, every time! – you should run a cycle of plain water, with no capsule in place, through the machine. (Consult the instruction manual for your particular machine if you’re unsure how to do this.) Doing so flushes out the reside left over from the previous brew, which results in a better tasting espresso shot. It also heats up the machine so it’s primed for brewing your espresso shot at the perfect temperature.

Try it out

If you truly want to learn how to make espresso taste better, you don’t need to take our word for it to learn that removing residue results in a better shot of espresso. Try it out! Brew one shot of espresso as usual, then flush the machine with a cycle of plain water, followed by brewing a second shot of espresso. Taste both cups and see if you can tell the difference. Another indication that this step is important is the water that you “brewed” without a capsule. Examine the water and you’ll likely see flecks of coffee grinds and a slight coffee-coloured tinge too – proof of the residue left inside the machine that would otherwise have ended up in your espresso.

One More Tip…

There is another good reason to perform the residue-clearing step before brewing every espresso shot. The water that you run through the machine without a capsule comes out hot, so use it to warm your espresso cup. Place the cup beneath the machine to collect the hot water and let it sit for a few moments before pouring it away. Dry the cup and set it back in place, warm and ready for your delicious espresso shot.


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