Over at jimseven.com, I recently watched one of his older videos where he argued espresso tastes better without crema. A contentious, perhaps iconoclastic remark, prompts me to do a similar experiment at the Metro Espresso lab. I will follow similar steps as James Hoffman:
Step 1: Make 2 shots of espresso
Step 2: Taste crema alone
Step 3: Spoon it out
Step 4: Stir the espresso
Step 5: Consume espresso sans crema
Step 5 1/2: Drink some water, have some crackers
Step 6: Taste second espresso with crema.
Step 7: Ponder... (I'm not sure he pondered, but I will)
Step 8: Write down thoughts
While I cannot recreate his slick accent, I am intrigued whether it will be a noticeable difference or not. Unfortunately, I will be out of the apartment all day, and will have to conduct this experiment tomorrow.
My question to my readers, what are some of your tips to make better espresso without buying new equipment? Have you tried spooning out the crema? If so, how was it?