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Assuming:

  • The beans are ground correctly, and are of good quality
  • You have the right amount of grind in the basket
  • The grounds are tamped correctly
  • The machine is set to the correct temperature (90°C to 96°C (195°F to 205°F))

First: is there an optimal length of time for a shot of espresso to be pulled for highest quality taste and aroma? If so, for how long?

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That will completely depend on the blend of espresso you are using. Different coffees will have different pull times.

In my experience as a barista, you'll aim for about 28 seconds on most shots. Some of the blends we've used aimed more at 25 to 31 seconds.

TL;DR: Depends on the coffee.

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