In our previous post, we talked about some of the basic aspects of making coffee like a barista, such as choosing the right blend of coffee, grinding, water quality and brewing time. Today, we are going to show you how to make coffee with a base of espresso. So, start taking notes if you want to learn how to prepare lattes, cappuccinos, mochaccinos and more espresso drinks at home.

How to make coffee: Preparing espresso

How to make coffee: Preparing espresso

If you have an espresso machine at home, the preparation is quite easy. The first step you need to take is to grind your gourmet coffee beans. When you make coffee with an espresso, you need a fine grind – as fine as table salt. Fill the portafilter with 18 to 21 grams of ground coffee for a double shot and compact the grounds with an even tamper for a uniform extraction. Set the Espresso Machine and make sure the water is between 195º to 205º F and let it be in contact with coffee grounds for 20 to 30 seconds.

How to make coffee: Preparing espresso

Another option for preparing a shot of espresso is to use a Moka Pot. The first step is to preheat filtered water. Allow the boiling water rest for up to 2 minutes before you start making your coffee. Meanwhile, grind your gourmet coffee beans until you obtain a fine ground and fill the filter basket. Pour the water in the brewer, insert the filter basket and screw the top and bottom of the Moka Pot together using hot pads. Place the Moka Pot on the stove. Set to medium heat and allow the coffee to reach the upper chamber. Once the espresso obtains a yellow honey color, you are ready to make coffee.

How to make coffee: Froth milk

How to make coffee: Froth milk

Some espresso drinks have a nice milk foam on top. So, if you want to make coffee like a barista, you definitely need to know how to froth milk. When you have an espresso machine, this is quite easy. First, you need a small metal pitcher. Pour ½ cup of cold milk into the pitcher. Immerse the steam wand below the surface of the milk, near to the side of the pitcher. Move the pitcher up and down carefully until the bubbles get smaller and the milk has two times its size.

How to make coffee: Froth milk

If you want to make coffee like a barista but you don’t have an espresso machine at home, make sure to get an aerolatte. Heat ½ cup of milk until it boils and pour it into a milk-frothing pitcher. Insert the aerolatte into the surface of the hot milk, near to side of the pitcher, and whisk. The result should be the same as when you use an espresso machine. If you see large bubbles over the foam, tap the pitcher against a surface and swirl the milk around the pitcher to remove them.

How to make coffee: Espresso drinks

How to make coffee: Espresso drinks

Now that you know the basics for making coffee like a barista, it’s time to prepare your first espresso drink. Buy a gourmet coffee from Ecuador, pick an espresso drink and stick to the proportions below
to prepare it.

Espresso drinks


Create top-notch espresso drinks with gourmet coffee from Ecuador:

Intag Ground Coffee
Perla Negra Coffee Beans
Lojano Coffee Beans


The meaning behind the number of roses you give in a bouquet
Feelings are meant to be expressed, and we all know that there are infinite ways to do it. What we can't deny is that some of these are more universal than others. You can externalize your fondness with a hug or display your affection with a kiss. The meanings behind these actions are known worldwide.

The meaning behind the number of roses you give in a bouquet

The same thing happens with gifts. A present is usually a materialization of the emotions that exist in your heart for someone in particular. Giving the right object that reveals what you feel is very important for everyone. So when it comes down to choosing the perfect item for a special occasion, you can never go wrong with the classics. Chocolate and jewelry are perfect exemplars of elegant gifts that say “I love you”, but neither of them manifests romance and passion like roses. These flowers are perfect to convey the word love.

The power of giving roses

The power of giving roses

When you give a present, you are not only communicating what you feel for someone else. You are also saying a lot about your personality. These acts influence the perception that others have about you. Studies have shown that flowers create instant delight to those who receive them. People who send these flowers are commonly viewed as happy, caring, emotionally intelligent and even courageous. Why? Well, roses are extremely beautiful, elegant, soft and have a pleasing aroma. They are perfect to make your statement when you fall in love.

Roses and their meanings

Roses and their meanings

Roses come in a wide variety of colors and they mean different things. It’s important to acknowledge them when choosing a bouquet as a present. You want to express what you feel with the right color and number. Number? Yes! The number of roses in a bouquet also has various implications. If you don’t know what these are, we have the perfect guide for you.



















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Sense Ecuador<sup>®</sup> in the final stage of DHL’s challenge: Export to the World

DHL Express, the world's leading logistics company, with more than 30 years of experience in Ecuador, has partnered up with IMPAQTO to invite small and medium-sized Ecuadorian companies to participate in the first edition of the DHL Export to the World Challenge.

Export to the World Challenge

Export to the World Challenge

DHL’s objective with this initiative has been to encourage the development of new business proposals in Ecuador that have a social contribution, meet the needs of current and potential customers and that can be anchored to its economic chain adding value to it.

The “Export to the World Challenge” has encouraged entrepreneurs from all around Ecuador to subscribe and to express their ideas and motivations. It has also created a window to promote the projects of these local entrepreneurs towards the rest of the world. In order to publicize their business models and participate for a recognition that helps them consolidate their projects locally and internationally.

Export to the World Challenge

Ecuador is a country with a lot of potential. According to Edith Villavicencio, general manager of DHL Express Ecuador, this country is the one with most entrepreneurship in Latin America. 1 in 3 adults aim to create their own business before turning 45 years old.

With 347 subscriptions, Sense Ecuador® has recently been listed as one of the final 10 companies in the Exporters category of the Export to the World Challenge. This demonstrates the potential that its business model has and the quality of the premium products they offer. Their commitment of reducing distances by sending a piece of Ecuador straight to their consumer’s doorstep with a single click has been well recognized and appreciated.

Ecuadorian premium products to expand your senses:


4 bars of 1 organic dark chocolate
Galapagos coffee beans: 2 bags of 12 oz

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