What are some of the preferred ways to drink espresso. I know this is also an area of personal preference. But how do those judges drink espresso in such a way to judge the espresso. I imagine the method to judge the espresso is perhaps also a good way to enjoy espresso?
I noticed one of the WBC champions had recommended to stir up the espresso to mix in the sweetness from the bottom into the espresso. I tried this and it was definitely a nice experience with the espresso I was pulling (Barefoot "The Boss").
Sometimes I like to experience the range of flavors throughout the espresso. The first sips you can get full crema, or if you tip the espresso cup as you sip, you can get crema, plus the espresso liquid underneath. As you get towards the center, depending on the espresso, you can get full body and rich flavors, and then as you get to the bottom, there is that yummy sweetness and intense flavors that seem to round out the flavor on the tongue so that the aftertaste develops into something that sits on the tongue and continues to please.
And how about in the mouth? Sometimes I drink espresso like I eat my food. It just wolf it down.
And how about the ideal temperature? Sometimes the espresso is so hot in the cup, that I need to sip with lots of air in order to cool it as I sip it. Is my espresso cup too hot in this case? Perhaps I should move my espresso cups to a cooler part of the cup warming area. Or should I let the espresso cool slightly before drinking?
How about after an espresso. A swig and swish of water to wash some of the oils off the teeth? That's been my practice. I love the oils and aftertaste on the tongue, but I dread it sitting on my teeth and hastening coffee stains.