There is always room to increase your game and there are quite a few extra tools that can help you make the best espresso you can. These are all tools you will want to use Before the brew that sets the stage for the perfect extraction.
With Atmos container for coffee beans
A vacuum container is a great way to store your coffee beans. By leaving the chamber for all air every time you close it, the vacuum container slows down the breakdown of all the flavorful oils and chemical compounds inside your (hopefully locally roasted) favorite coffee beans.
OXO conical grinder
This is one of our favorite choices in our guide to best coffee grinders and it is a great choice for espresso. Espresso requires a fine and consistent grinding if you can easily get out of a grinder. Just be sure to get in there and limit your burrs from time to time – maintenance, as OXO does easily, with a bean container that clicks apart without fuss.
Bezzera bottomless portafilter
Nothing will improve your espresso brewing as a bottomless portafilter. Not because it will make your coffee better, it will cope you better by making you more aware of your mistakes and inconsistencies. Bottomless portafilter are whimsical, and when your sanding is off or you have over-tamped your grounds, the bottomless portafilter lets you see how the espresso covers the bottom of the filter and pours into the cup. However, be sure to double-check the perimeter of the espresso machine group head itself (the place where the filter is attached). There are a number of standard sizes, so be sure to order the right one. The most common are 53 mm and 58 mm, and almost all bottomless port filters are available in each of these sizes.
WPM stamping mat
Tamping mats are just a thick, soft piece of rubber or silicone, but they make it much easier to maintain a uniform tamping pressure (and a clean tamping area so you don’t stain your kitchen table with coffee or scratch it with the bottom of your tamp). You can also use a folded kitchen towel, but these are easy to rinse off.
Crema Distributor & Tamp
Once you have put your grounds in your portafilter, the next step is to give them a good, even stamping. You want to use about 30-40 pounds of pressure, and while you can use a scale to determine exactly how it feels, I think it’s better to just press with your upper body, then pull out a shot and see how it went. . If it’s too bitter, you have stomped too hard, if it’s too watery, you have not stomped hard enough. A distributor (also called a leveler) makes it easy to get a smooth surface so you can stomp, and this one has a tamp on one side and a distributor on the other so you can smooth your beans and then turn this tool over. and give them a good tamp. Just be sure to get one that fits the perimeter of your machine’s portafilter!
Duralex Picardy shot glass, Set of six
These are generally my favorite shot glasses, but they are also amazing espresso shot glasses – tall and narrow enough to form a wonderfully aerated crema on top, and made of tempered glass so they can withstand heat. They are also great for serving smaller drinks like macchiatos – a shot of espresso with a dab of foam on top.