Hello! I don't know alot about coffee and I have a general question.
I think in a forum full of espresso experts I might be flamed for liking espresso with hot water (or what they call americano), but what can i do.
People say the coffee will taste different when you pour hot water into the espresso compared to doing it the other way around. By experience, I find this true. Can you confirm this? And if it's true, an explanation why would be fantastic.
As opposed to the other way around? Do you mean the difference between pouring the water over the espresso as opposed to pouring the espresso over the hot water?
If so the only real difference, in my experience, between these two methods is the fact that the crema will 'float' on top of the water when you pour espresso on top of the water. This will give it a different mouthfeel and richer taste initially rather than mixing the crema into the drink as you pour the water on top of it.
If you really want to get into it, take an 8 oz cup of hot water and put it underneath a bottomless portafilter and pour it that way. Goes straight from the pf to the water, no cooling down from the spouts, no weird taste from the metal, you dont mix the crema in a shot glass, and you are already getting good crema from a naked pf, pouring it straight on gives a gorgeous work of art. Then if you want to see through time, pour it on to a cup of french press. Mmmmmm french press blackeye.