Espresso Vienna, also known as Viennese Espresso or Espresso con Panna, is a delightful espresso-based coffee drink that combines a shot of espresso with a dollop of whipped cream on top.
Here’s how to make Espresso Vienna:
Freshly roasted coffee beans
Heavy whipping cream
Cocoa powder (optional, for garnish)
Espresso machine (or alternative methods for brewing espresso)
Espresso shot glass or cup
Whipping cream dispenser or whisk
Grind the Coffee Beans: Begin by grinding your coffee beans to a fine consistency, similar to table salt. You’ll need approximately 18-20 grams of coffee for a standard Espresso Vienna.
Preheat the Equipment: Preheat your espresso machine, portafilter, and cup. This helps maintain a consistent temperature during extraction.
Pull the Espresso Shot: Dose the ground coffee into the portafilter basket. Distribute the grounds evenly and tamp them down firmly.
Insert the portafilter into the espresso machine group head and start the extraction process.
Aim for a 1-ounce (30 ml) shot of espresso. The shot should take about 25-30 seconds to extract. Adjust the grind size if necessary to achieve this extraction time.
Prepare the Whipped Cream: While the espresso shot is pulling, prepare the whipped cream. You can use a whipping cream dispenser for convenience or manually whip the cream until it’s thick and airy. If desired, you can sweeten the whipped cream by adding a small amount of sugar to taste.
Combine Espresso and Whipped Cream: Once the espresso shot is complete, immediately pour it into your coffee cup.
Add Whipped Cream: Carefully spoon a dollop of the prepared whipped cream onto the top of the espresso. The whipped cream should float on the surface of the espresso.
Optional: Garnish: If desired, you can lightly dust the whipped cream with cocoa powder for an added touch of flavor and visual appeal.
Serve and Enjoy: Your Espresso Vienna is now ready to be enjoyed. It should have a rich, intense espresso flavor beautifully contrasted by the creamy, sweet whipped cream.
Espresso Vienna is a delightful treat for coffee lovers, combining the boldness of espresso with the luxurious texture of whipped cream. The balance of flavors is essential, so adjust the amount of whipped cream and sugar to your taste preference.