Which coffee beans for espresso machines?
The choice of the most suitable coffee bean for your espresso machine will depend mainly on your preferences.
Why ? Because one of the most decisive criteria will be the grind of your coffee, i.e. the granulometry of the coffee. The more refined the coffee, the stronger the flavour. The principle is that the fine particles hold the water better during extraction and slow down its flow.
Also buy freshly roasted and freshly ground coffee!
As far as intensity, origin… all can be adapted: the important thing is to choose the one whose aromas and taste you appreciate the most.
The degree of roast is also important: for extraction with espresso machines, a medium to dark roast is recommended to bring out the strength of the coffee.
If you’re looking for intensity, look for full-bodied coffees like Susana, our coffee bean from Peru.
Which coffee bean for espresso machine with grinder type Delonghi, Philips…?
All of our tips above for choosing coffee with an espresso machine are valid for an automatic espresso machine. The advantage is that it will do the grinding, and this is a parameter that you can easily vary.
Important: In general, the factory settings of your automatic espresso machine are medium: medium temperature, medium strength and medium grind. With average settings, you won’t get the best possible espresso. To extract the most intense flavours from coffee beans, you will need to fine-tune your new automatic coffee machine.
The pressure & temperature of the water, the freshness of the coffee and the fineness of the grind are fundamental elements in the success of your espresso.
We advise you to apply the following settings:
Automatic espresso machines are often set to medium temperature. An espresso should ideally come out of your coffee machine at 85°C to extract all the flavours. If you have the possibility with your machine, try to increase this temperature to the maximum.
Always use a relatively fine grind.
Then play around with the intensity settings for different coffees to suit your personal taste: start with a medium intensity and test a first cup. Adjust above/below according to the feedback from your taste buds on this first test cup.
Want to discover another strong coffee? TryGilberto, our intense Brazilian coffee bean!
Which coffee bean for a filter coffee machine or a piston coffee maker?
For a so-called gentle extraction method, such as V60, Chemex, Aeropress, French Press, Filter coffee, etc., light to medium roasted coffees are more suitable. The aromas will then become delicate and subtle.
These methods are also more respectful of the aromas than espresso coffees, giving you the opportunity to test coffees with complex aromas.
Discover Oscar, our Honduran coffee beanwith cocoa, sugar and caramel flavours and Gioconda, our Nicaraguan coffee bean with sweet notes of milk chocolate and honey, with a touch of hazelnut!