If you have ever tried to make your own espresso, you’ll realize that the term barista actually refers to a skill that requires the precise amount of water or coffee, turning the heat onto the precise setting and using the right timing.
As a home-based barista without training, I was happy to discover the easy, error-free way to make an espresso: using a coffee pod.
Coffee pods deliver the exact amount of ground espresso beans, often in a tea-like bag that you insert in a slot in a pod brewing machine. Espresso at the press of a button is instantaneous, clean, compact and predictable.
If you like espresso dark and bold, try the Reunion Island dark roast espresso pod.
Timothy’s Rainforest Alliance Espresso Blend is another pod that delivers a dark coffee taste that’s smooth and non-bitter while helping the rainforest habitat.
Tips On Brewing The Best Pod Espresso
Brewing up a pod espresso isn't hard to do with a quality pod espresso brewer.
• Start with the best water: purified, filtered or bottled.
• Dampen your pod before you insert it into the brewer.
• Add cream or milk to your cup before you pour the brewed coffee.
• To get the retail coffee experience, add a dash of flavored syrup and soy milk.
If you want the home barista experience, stock up on flavored syrups such as Torani used at coffee houses. A few squirts along with whipped cream and you’ll never leave to buy flavored Italian coffee again.
Tips On Storing And Maintenance For Your Pod Brewer
Keeping your pod espresso brewer clean is easy and hassle-free.
• Keep your coffee pod brewer clean of build-up. To flush out your brewer, run a cycle without inserting a pod. Clean it with vinegar and rinse to remove build-up.
• Don’t reuse pods. Coffee pods aren’t like tea bags.
• Don’t refrigerate pods.
Store your pods in an airtight container. The pods should be away from light in a cool, dry place. This will help ensure that each pod espresso that you brew will have the same fresh, quality taste. Thanks to new pod espresso brewing technology, you can enjoy a piping hot espresso whenever you like, at home or at your workplace.