3 tips for the perfect espresso

What you will need

  • Freshly roasted coffee with the roast date, heat sealed bag, with a foil interior and a one-way valve.
  • Set of scales
  • Tamper
  • Grinder
  • Espresso machine


  1. Ensure to purchase fresh coffee, that displays a roast date rather than a best before date.
  2. Your coffee should be packaged in a heat-sealed bag, with a foil interior and a one way valve to allow the CO2 to escape and stop oxygen from getting into the bag.
  3. Using a set of scales, tare off your handle so the scales read zero.
  4. Grind your coffee into the basket and place back on the scales to know your dose. Ensure to add or remove coffee as required to keep dose consistent.
  5. Distribute your coffee grinds in the basket to fill in any gaps.
  6. Tamp your coffee with a consistent amount of pressure.
  7. Watch the pour to ensure correct pour.
  8. Make small changes finer on your grinder to slow down the pour or small changes coarser to speed up the pour.