Questions tagged [espresso]

For questions about the beverage consisting primarily of coffee brewed by forcing a small amount of nearly boiling water under pressure through finely ground coffee beans.

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Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine Dialing

I recently got Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine. I am using fresh coffee beans. For some reason, I am not getting into the espresso range. Here is my setup: Grinding level 5 17 to ...
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Should I flush the Nuova Simonelli Oscar II before pulling a shot?

I just got my first espresso machine, a Nuova Simonelli Oscar II. When watching other people use the machine (on YouTube), I see some flushing the machine for about 2 seconds before every shot. Some ...
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Least Expensive Way to Make Decent Espresso-based Milk Drinks?

I want to know the cheapest machines to make decent espresso for my situation. Needs: I need steam for milk drinks I need the proper brewing pressure I need to use fresh ground coffee, no pods ...
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What are the best single shot filter baskets

I'm using a Gaggia classic with the 58mm diameter portafilter that comes with it. I basically only drink single shots, but they are still difficult for me to get right. My grinder is a baratza encore, ...
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Can you make good, evenly extracted espresso with a single basket?

I have a Lelit espresso machine which came, like nearly all other machines, with multiple baskets. I got a double (up to 20g), a small double (up to 18g) and a single (up to 9g) basket. The machine ...
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Anyone using La Pavoni EDL Eurobar Deluxe? Comments? Reviews?

Hello Dear Coffee Experts, I am in advance very grateful for any advise you can provide me. I am testing an espresso coffee machine from one of my colleagues who just upgraded his. He bought a Lelit ...
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Can I brew espresso with 14g portafilter basket?

Being a complete novice, I've been struggling to brew something that looks like proper espresso. My machine (Ascaso Dream PID) came with 14 gram portafilter basket (58mm in diameter). Several sources ...
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Pressurized vs non pressurized filter baskets

I own a DeLonghi Dedica coffee machine for a year now and recently invested in a good burr grinder (Sage Dose Control Pro). I like drinking long coffees with milk and I’m satisfied with the coffee the ...
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Eureka Mignon grinders and dosing cups?

Do the Eureka Mignon grinders (Silenzio, Specialita) work well with a dosing cup such as the Rhinowares?
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What's this ring around the inside of my moka pot?

I just bought a Bialetti moka stainless steel pot and when I went to wash it for the first time (before any use) I noticed this rust-looking ring around the inner bottom portion of the top pot where ...
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Fix my Breville coffee machine filter holder

Ok, so basically 6 years ago I bought a Breville Venezia espresso coffee maker. I am really happy with the machine, as it still works after 6 years of relatively frequent use. But recently out of the ...
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freddo espresso pods vs espresso pods

I'd like to consider myself a newbie at...coffee...consumption and I wanted to buy an espresso machine for myself and right now I'm between, a nespresso machine and a dolce gusto machine and the only ...
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How can I lock my coffee filter when it's too hard?

I just bought a Breville Bambino Plus, and when I tried to hook the filter with the head it doesn't turn and lock. It seems too hard to the point I think I might break the filter. I tried removing the ...
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Simulated Vietnamese coffee in Bobba bars

Vietnamese coffee is on the menu at most San Diego CA Bobba bars. They use freshly extracted espresso, but then, instead of sweetened condensed milk, they appear to use a combination of flavors like ...
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Is there a name for this Americano/Long Black Variation?

I am quite sensitive to caffeine so when brewing espresso I want to extend the enjoyment of my drink. An americano to me is way too much water and I lose a lot of what I think makes an espresso ...
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Can I use cocoa-dusted coffee in my moka pot?

I have a 3-cup Bialetti Moka Express pot and some coffee beans dusted with cocoa powder that I bought from a chocolate shop. My French press is stuck at work due to the quarantine, so I can't use them ...
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How many different sizes should a shop serve for a flat white?

Sometimes when I visit a shop they simply list flat white. Other times there are many many options for size. What is the correct way to serve a flat white?
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Why does a coffee pad machine make such a smooth delicious coffee?

In an amateur capacity I have been interested in (as everyone here surely is also) trying to make the perfect cup of coffee/espresso. I have tried all kinds of coffee making process, Moka pot coffee, ...
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Help me determine the strength of my coffee

I drink coffee from a Nespresso Machine (Nespresso Pixie). I use one capsule of Ristretto Italiano (black), but run it twice under the 'Lungo' option. Thus my question is: What is the strength of ...
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Piece that goes screwed in my steam wand

I bought a espresso machine for home. The machine I bought is a Ikohs Kaffeta. It has a screwable piece that goes in the tip of the steam wand that it is used to create foam (as the manual says). I ...
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What's the difference between Turkish and Italian coffee?

Is there any difference between Turkish coffee and Italian coffee?
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What’s the best all purpose zero retention grinder for single dosing?

What is the best grinder that: is considered all-purpose (grinds coarse enough for cold brew, French press, through to pour overs & Chemex, and fine and consistent enough for espresso using non-...
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How come some beans seem to want longer ratios?

I'm not sure if it's my grinder or my machine or what, but I find I can't a get a ratio of less than about 3:1 - any shorter and the shot comes out sour. In theory I can grind finer, but the pour is ...
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How much leverage pressure is it needed to compress coffee for an espresso?

Some espresso machines come with a lever to compact the ground coffee before the espresso starts the brewing, other machines do the compacting part by themselves. How much leverage or pressure is it ...
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Dialling in with a Barista express

I recently got hold of a Sage (=Breville) Barista express, which has a built in grinder. I haven’t been getting great results with it so far. Also, there seems to be a kind of mismatch between the ...
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Is an Americano the same as drip coffee?

I'm curious about the difference between an Americano (espresso + water) and drip coffee (grounds + water). Does an Americano taste the same as black drip coffee? Whats the difference in caffeine ...
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Roughly how strong is one shot of espresso compared to a cup of drip coffee? [duplicate]

Every morning, I have one 12 oz. cup of drip coffee, to the point where I have become dependent on it. When I’m traveling, it’s often hard to find someone who will make me a straight cup of coffee. I ...
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What's the science behind precision baskets?

There are a number of aftermarket filter baskets available that are praised on different forums, including this site (from Shiri's answer): VST baskets are replacement baskets for your portafilter ...
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Does café Cubano have a distinct taste of cane sugar alongside the flavor of coffee?

According to Wikipedia, Café Cubano (also known as Cuban espresso, Cuban coffee, cafecito, Cuban pull, and Cuban shot) is a type of espresso that originated in Cuba. Specifically, it refers to an ...
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Is a Keurig K-Cafe “shot” really an espresso shot?

I've been trying a Keurig K-Cafe, which includes a "Shot" feature that slowly produces what looks like a shot of espresso from a regular ("coffee") K-cup. What is the machine doing to produce that, ...
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Should any coffee be extracted during pre-infusion?

I have a Breville Express, 870XL I think, (single broiler, built in grinder). Lately during pre-infusion, a lot of coffee has been coming through before the pressure ramps up, while it's still low and ...
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How to choose a good grinder for a gaggia espresso machine?

I am using a Gaggia classic espresso machine and am looking for a grinder that will work well in combination with it. What are the characteristics I need to keep in mind when selecting a grinder? ...
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Does an inconsistent roast affect espresso extraction? If so, how?

I'm not really asking about flavour, I understand that an inconsistent roast causes inconsistent flavour. My question is how it affects the extraction itself. Does an uneven roast lead to an uneven ...
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Nitrogen wash beans VS Fresh

I live in a really small area. The closet roaster to me is roughly an hour drive away. I know how big of a role that using fresh beans play in making quality espresso. Because I may not be able to ...
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How to avoid channels when pouring espresso

I've been having issues with my espresso pouring too fast, and I think I'm getting channels (uneven pour, sometimes one side gets blonde then watery pretty quickly). I'm paying a lot of attention to ...
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Will Twist Press really taste like espresso, made by hand?

The Twist Press kickstarter promises a hand-held espresso maker. Q. Will the coffee it makes really taste like espresso, compared say to AeroPress coffee? AIUI, the key factor in brewing espresso is ...
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How much volume of the shot should pre-infusion take up?

The espresso machine I use at work has a pre-infusion step. I've been wondering if the volume of the pre-infusion affects the shot, especially the pressure of the main extraction.
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Espresso consistency

Amateur just getting started with a Breville - not happy with the results but I know I have lots to learn so I'll start with an aspect I am curious of - consistency. The Breville guide says the ...
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Pouring espresso into hot water versus hot water into espresso

struggling to find an answer to this (if there is one), perhaps because nature of the question doesn't work so well with search engines. Essentially, I've noticed (and so have others I've spoken to ...
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Odd coffee notation on menus

On a trip to Texas I've noticed that espresso drinks are listed on menu boards as "3 oz.," "6 oz.," and "8 oz.," instead of "cortado," "cappuccino," and "latte," respectively. I have not seen this ...
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Can you prepare orzo coffee in a moka pot?

I have a Bialetti Moka Express and would like to try orzo/barley coffee. I know they sell an orzo express model, but was wondering if I can just use my moka pot
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Which produce more crema Arabica or Robusta?

Which beans produce more crema Arabica or Robusta ? Is it the same for Espresso and Turkish ? Thanks
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Source for Coffee beans characteristics per origin?

Can I find an information/source for the characteristics for each coffee beans per origins ? for example the acidity level, flavors, aroma , etc for Brazilia-Santos, Harrar, Djimmah , etc.. ? And ...
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What produces more crema?

What produces more crema when extracting espresso, darker or lighter roast? What produces more crema when extracting espresso, finer or coarser coffee grind ? why am I getting a very thin layer of ...
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What types of coffee make you stay awake?

I want to know that types of coffee that make me stay awake because I usually work at night.
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What are the differences between americano and espresso?

Can anybody tell me the differences between an americano and an espresso because I am quite confused.
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Is there a name for this drink?

The way I drink my espresso lately is a double shot with a small amount of steamed or heated milk and a couple of oz of hot water. If not at home, I order a cappuccino with the added water and it ...
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Lower-end Manual Espresso

Has anyone used one of the < $500 manual espresso machines like a ROK or Flair? I've read the specs (up to 10 bars for ROK, around 15 Flair) and seen some positive reviews but I'm curious about the ...
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Single shot extraction time in Breville Barista Express

I have got a Breville Barista Express just before a couple of days and I am trying to make the best single espresso shot I can make with this machine at home. For the last two days I was playing and ...
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Book recommendation: a guide about coffee to a beginner?

I really want to learn more about coffee, but I think the web is too large and therefore confusing. So I have decided to start with a good book. Which books (preferably below 20 USD) can you recommend?...