Ideal Temperature For An Espresso

When it comes to the ideal coffee temperature, we think of two things. How hot does the water need to be to brew the shot of espresso and how hot does the espresso need to be when it’s served. It’s important that your espresso coffee maker gets it right.

If it’s too hot, you can scald the grounds and end up with a burnt taste. Nasty. And if it’s not hot enough, the brewed coffee will be weak, under-extracted, i.e., less than 18{de94edd26131aa442062517f5b0f9073feec7a6f3fe51e0cb40f90abe03b7f36} of the coffee has been extracted. The temperature of the water determines how much coffee is extracted.

So how hot is hot enough? Coffee Machines like Tecnora’s Classico 106M and the Cremiere TCM 106A espresso coffee makers take care of all this for you. These machines heat the water to between 187°F (87°C) and 196°F (91°C). This is the ideal range. Note that boiling water (212°F/100°C) should NEVER be used to make coffee.

When it comes to drinking your espresso, the ideal coffee temperature is quite subjective. You might ask for an extra hot coffee (over 167°F/75°C) if you’re going to be walking to work with it or plan on sipping on it slowly. 

If it’s flavour you’re after, though, you might want to drink your coffee anywhere from 160°F/71°C to 165°F/74°C. This is probably when coffee tastes best. If your coffee temperature drops below 120°F/49°C, it’ll taste a lot sweeter and perhaps more acidic. Yes, there are acids in coffee ranging from acetic acid and citric acid to quinic acid and tartaric acid. But that’s another post. 

It’s all rather subjective. But no matter what temperature you prefer your coffee to be when you drink it, make sure your machine respects the 187°F (87°C) to 196°F (91°C) rule.