The Home Barista's Guide to Espresso
This introduction by Jim Schulman shares his passion for good
coffee and expertise in home espresso. It covers a lot of ground and
demystifies the key elements of espresso preparation. It is not just
about techniques and equipment, but also about the reasons behind
FAQs and Favorites Digest
If you're new to HB, you may be thinking "I don't know where to begin, there's too much information!"
To help you navigate to topics that interest you, this article contains links to the best topics all in one place, categorized by forum and subject area.
A few must-read introductions and how-tos are also recommended.
Diagnosing Espresso Extraction Problems
Inspired by Chris Tacy's Training with the Naked Portafilter,
this how-to takes a revealing look at what's happening beneath the
business end of an espresso machine's bottomless portafilter.
You will learn why a smart barista will intently watch the stream of espresso pour out during an extraction. While appearance alone isn't definitive proof of a good cup, it does go a long way in verifying the barista's technique.
Managing the Temperature of HX Espresso Machines
What is all this talk about "flushing" a heat exchanger (HX)? This how-to
introduces the reasons behind the need to flush a heat exchanger
espresso machine before starting the extraction and answers practical
questions like: How much water do you need to flush? Is it necessary
before each extraction, or only if the machine has been idle? After
how long an interval is the machine considered "idle"?
Banish Uneven Extractions with the WDT
Many grinders inflict clumps, static, and uneven distribution upon the hapless home barista, keeping them from reaching their goal of extraordinary espresso. We can hope that these design flaws will eventually be addressed in
home grinders. But until then, there is a simple, inexpensive solution
to grinder problems: the Weiss Distribution Technique, or WDT.
Espresso Machine Cleaning - Why, How, and When
Cleaning isn't glamorous, but necessary!
This article explains why cleaning must be a regular part of
your barista duties, how to perform them with step-by-step
instructions, and when these cleaning duties need to be
performed. In doing so, you remove one impediment standing between you
and great espresso. More...