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How To Make Espresso With Keurig

These days, coffee goes hand in hand with most of the people every morning. In particular, there is one popular coffee style that most of you will love. I am sure that each of you used to hear espresso, and I am addicted to this drink. If you have a chance to enjoy the finest espresso, you will not taste the other drinks. Some of you may not believe me so that I am willing to tell you how to make espresso with Keurig. After making a great cup of espresso for yourself, you will believe in my words.

What Is Espresso?


general, espresso is a coffee brewing method which first appeared in Italy in 1930. In Italian, espresso means a special drink and it is very popular in Italy, Spain, and Europe. Espresso is not a type of bean roast, it is a process using pressure to extract a beverage from the finely ground coffee.

For different people, you may have interest in different styles of espresso. First of all, the smallest is the Ristretto, sometimes called a short shot. It is a very concentrated espresso which is about ¾ of an ounce.

Hence, a Ristretto uses the same amount of ground coffee as regular espresso. However, it is usually ground finer to produce a smaller beverage using the same extraction timing.

Next is a standard single espresso. This style uses about 7 grams of brown coffee and produces a beverage of about 1 ounce. It is kind of the basis of measurement of espresso.

Going to the next one, we have the espresso Doppio. In Italian, Doppio means double, so a Doppio is twice the size of a single espresso. The key thing to remember here is that it also uses twice as much ground coffee. Thus, you will use 14 grams in the same shot timing.

Why Is Espresso Very Popular In The World?

Appealing Smell

Espresso easily keeps the heart of anyone since it delivers a very attractive smell. Thanks to the perfect grinding process, espresso can capture a lot of aromatic compounds in the air. This is why you cannot avoid this brilliant coffee smell for sure.

It will be a perfect moment if you can enjoy the finest espresso with cookie doughs. I have tried this combination, and I am sure that many of you will love it.

Using The Finest Coffee Beans


The first and foremost element for good espresso is the ingredients. Having the finest ground particles can help to create the wonderful brewing process. The ground particles will not lose their rich flavor under high pressure and high temperature.

Therefore, you can have the best aromatic compounds in the end. I highly recommend that you should keep the right pressure and temperature for espresso. Otherwise, the coffee oils may not be fully extracted since they still get stuck in the coffee particles.

Produce Long-lasting And Unforgettable Aftertaste

If you are espresso lovers, I am sure that you will remember the taste after one sip. A fantastic taste will remain on your tongue as well as your throat for a while. Thus, drinking espresso can bring a long-lingering aftertaste for you.

Require The Shortest Time of Brewing

Lastly, I am keen on making espresso since it takes the least time to brew. The brewing cycle is within only 20 to 25 seconds. This great factor will prevent the tannic acid from breaking down and leach into your espresso.

I have to say that this point is very useful and pleasing to hear. You do not want to add more bitterness to your cup of espresso.

How To Make Espresso With Keurig


When we are thinking about good espresso, there are many factors that we need to keep in mind. And just like in any cooking that you do, you need to take the right ingredients. For espresso, two major ingredients you are going to end up in your cup is water and coffee.

Hence, you need to make sure you have the right water. Also, do not forget to have good and fresh coffee (at least 9grams). Otherwise, the espresso is not going to taste any good. If you use great coffee, you will have more margin for error. You can make a small mistake, and it will not manifest itself as something that is undrinkable.

Now, I will introduce you how to make espresso with Keurig. There are some amazing coffee makers on the current market that you can consider. Though you can make espresso without the machine or use the manual coffee grinders, these items can save much time for busy people.


They offer very outstanding features that can assist you in creating the finest homemade espresso. You can choose the size of espresso and the milk frothing style. Moreover, you can adjust the espresso flavors to your preference by using the espresso pods. After trying all the pods, you can know which styles will suit your taste.

Step By Step Guide On How To Make Espresso With Keurig

Step 1: Pour The Water


Firstly, if the Keurig does not have enough water, you should pour the clean water into it. Then, the Keurig will heat the water to 200 Fahrenheit degree. By this way, all of the ground particles will be extracted from the coffee beans.

Step 2: Brewing Process


Next, you should clean the portafilter with the dry cloth and think about the brew ratio. This is the amount of coffee that you are putting into the portafilter. When it comes to this ratio, we will have 18 grams in the portafilter for 36 grams in the cup.

So, you can understand that the brew ratio is one-two. Therefore, when people say that they like certain espressos, it really helps to be able to define. If you are making a single espresso (30 ml), you can put about 7 grams of coffee beans into the portafilter.

Secondly, you should know how long it takes to achieve the ratio you are looking. This factor depends on the grind size. If you have very coarse grind, the water will run through very fast. Otherwise, if you have fine grind, the water will sit on top and run through very slowly.

Usually, you do not need to worry about brew temperature thanks to the machine. If you have a darker roasted coffee, you should brew at a lower than 200 Fahrenheit degree. On the other hand, you will be brewing at a higher temperature.

Step 3: Pull The Espresso


After brewing, you can put the portafilter back to the Keurig. Then, you can turn on the machine and set the timer. In my opinion, most espresso tastes good is anywhere from 25 to 35 seconds. With this duration, you can create a stronger shot.

If you think the volume is enough, you can turn off the machine and serve yourself.


In summary, I hope that all of the information in this article can help to gain your understanding. I am sure that you can know some facts about espresso and why this drink is so popular in the world. Furthermore, you can learn how to make espresso with Keurig only by easy steps.

However, in case you still have confusion and queries about this topic, please do not hesitate to keep in touch with me anytime.

What Everyone Wants to Know About Tea Kettle vs Teapot

First Words

Since tea has become a popular drink, not only owing to its obvious benefits for our health, but also the divine taste, pleasant aroma, and convenience, teapots, and tea kettles are an indispensable part of the kitchenware. Most families have a teapot, or a tea kettle, or both, for daily use.

Although tea pots and tea kettles look somehow similar, they have different functions and specific designs. Usually, the kettles are used on the stovetop, allowing users to boil water with tea leaves inside or for other purposes. On the other hand, a teapot is thinner, cannot be used on a stove. People often put dried tea leaves or tea bags in the vessel, pour hot water into to make an aromatic pot of beautiful drink.

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Super Yummy Recipe: How To Make Taro Milk Tea

Everyone loves Taro bubble tea, right? It’s one of the craziest drink trends nowadays favored by most of the Asian young people. And instead of visiting Taiwan or some other Southeast Asian countries to enjoy it, why don’t you try to learn how to make Taro milk tea on your own at home?

Luckily, this tea is easy to make, and you can choose any of several variations on the Internet to get started. Before that, let’s find out more about Taro!

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How To Keep Store-Bought Bread Fresh And Yummy? All You Need To Know

The era of self-baked bread is long gone, owing to the development of industrial manufacturing. Nowadays, instead of processing from scratch, people prefer buying bread from bakeries, which not only saves them from hardship and toils but also costs reasonable.

However, bread is borne to stale and dryness, and the better the bread is, the shorter it lasts. Therefore, learning how to keep store-bought bread fresh is a critical task for all of us.

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How To Polish A Knife? Simple Yet Effective Ways Are Here

“OMG, my beloved knife was covered by rust.” “Don’t worry babe, let’s me show you how to polish a knife right away,” I told my wife for a couple weeks ago when she decided to try making salmon porridge in our newest Japanese rice cooker. But, why did she need a polished knife for this dish?

Truly, she wanted to take the skin off the salmon before cooking, but she couldn’t because the knife was not ready. Of course, I helped her and then we had a great dinner with her delicious porridge.

Later, I thought that I should share these simple yet effective ways right here for those who might be in my case. Try reading this article below to get more kitchen tricks for yourself now.

How To Polish A Knife

For polishing the knife, you need to perform two main steps including cleaning and removing the rust. Make sure not to miss any step or you won’t get the best result as you wish.


Cleaning the blade helps to remove unnecessary dirt that might interfere with removing the rust. Avoid using water for cleaning the blade since this might make it rust. The best way is to avail the mild cleaning solution and then clean it with a cloth.

Getting Rid Of The Rust

Method 1

  • STEP 1
  • STEP 2
  • STEP 3
  • STEP 4

Use a clean cloth to discharge any excess of oil and dirt.

Method 2

If the rust-removing products are expensive, you can try this home-made solution.

  • STEP 1
  • STEP 2
  • STEP 3
  • STEP 4

After wiping out the rust, you should clean the knife with soapy water.

Other Methods

Do you have any idea of some certain foods that can act as a great source for removing the rust? If you find some potatoes by chance, use them now because the potato is known as an effective food for rust removal thanks to its oxalic acid. Just stick the knife into the potato for a couple hours. Then remove it and clean the blade with oil.

In addition, you can use onions. Saw the blade back and forth into it and the rust will be naturally removed. It’s because the sulfonic acids in this fruit are extremely efficient to get rid of the rust.

Is There Any Way To Polish A Knife?

Of course, yes. Though I don’t need another way since what I’ve just mentioned above truly helps a lot. But, since you’re here, I will show you some.

The first video belongs to a cute Japanese guy, named Jun. He got a rusty knife from a man with a cheap price. Then he started to polish it in a few ways. And the final result is stunning. The knife was so sharp to cut through leaves, paper, and all kinds of vegetables with the ease of use.

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Another video is about polishing a pocket survival knife. But, I think that this way can be used for the kitchen knives or even a good cleaver.

And don’t forget to add some drops of the household lubricant to the blades after drying them off. Relying on that, these knives are always clean and shiny in appearance.

How To Take Care Of A Knife?

When rust happens on your knife, it’s certain that you did something wrong with your washing and storing technique. So, why don’t we learn how to care for the knife so that we don’t spend too much time on polishing?


The most important thing is that you need to keep your knife clean before, during and after using it. What does it mean?

According to famous chefs, cleanliness is a big factor in guaranteeing the knives’ longevity. If there are too much gunk and grime on the blades, they are likely to lose their edges as well as carrying health issues. And one certain thing is that a dull knife is riskier than the sharp one.

Try imaging that you have to apply more force to cut something with a blunt edge, what will happen? You might raise the chances of the knife sliding through your hand and cause injuries.

In addition, you should pay attention to the cross contamination as it’s considered as a high-risk activity. It relates to cutting a raw item such as fish or chicken and continue cutting a ready-to-eat item without cleaning the knife. This permits the bacteria on the blade to jump into the ready-to-eat food, making us sick or even worse.

If you used to watch some cooking shows, you can see how the well-known chefs do with their knives. They clean before cutting the item, clean again and again while cooking, and then rinse and dry out after completing.

Starting Performing

First of all, you need to sanitize the knife by washing it with the mixture of mild soap and water. Or you can replace with bleach. Later, rinse and dry off with a clean cloth immediately. Keep in mind to clean and disinfect not only the blade but also the base and handle because these areas are full of unnoticed dirt and gunk.

Extra Tips You Shouldn’t Miss

  • Avoid using steel wool or scouring pad to clean the knife’s edge because this can dull it.
  • Although some suggest that you should avail the steel wool for dealing with the stubborn rust, you should be careful to avoid creating any scratches on the blades.
  • Always put on cut-resistant gloves when cleaning and removing the dust to protect your hand.
  • Store the knives in a separate place, not in the utensil drawer. It’s because they can hit against other tools, creating unwanted scratches and other damages. And this place should be free from moisture.
  • For the pocket knife, make sure you clean it frequently.

Final Word

How to polish a knife? Do you think that it’s a hard job? Of course, no, right?

As long as you read this article and follow my methods carefully, I’m sure all the knives in your kitchen will be ready to use. And always take care of them before, during and after cooking, remember?

For further information, try leaving your questions in the box below so that we can discuss together. And don’t forget to share it if you like. Anyway, thanks for reading.