Espresso tips from Giorgio Milos (Food Arts magazine, December 2010). Giorgio Milos is Master Barista for Trieste, Italy-based illycaffè. With barista training dating to his teens, Milos, 36, is one of the world’s foremost experts on coffee. He is a past winner of the Italian Barista Championship, a Specialty Coffee Association of Europe-certified Master Barista, and on faculty at illy’s Universita del Caffè (UDC), where leading restaurants and cafes come for master coffee training.
Despite the trend toward single-source ingredients and products, Giorgio Milos insists that espresso is far better with a blended coffee than single-origin. Illy creates espresso blends based on four qualities characteristic of particular coffee producing regions:
Bitterness Brazil or southern India
Sweetness Costa Rica or Guatemala
Acidity or sourness Kenya or eastern Africa
Aroma Ethiopia, for which there are no substitutes, says Milos
Don’t grind beans earlier than two hours before use; don’t keep prepared coffee longer than 45 minutes and never keep it on a hot plate; always clean your machine.
There are only four elements to making great espresso (the four Ms):
Miscela Coffee blend
Mano “Hand” of the operator
Here are some more tips from Giorgio: