Questions tagged [espresso]

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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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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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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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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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Getting large volume lattes

So, I'm usually a pourover-coffee drinker, and I know a little bit more about that side of the spectrum … but lately (somewhat to my own shame) I've gotten into Starbucks lattes. Like, ‘more than one ...
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Roughly how strong is one shot of espresso compared to a cup of drip coffee?

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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Pannarello wand on Delonghi Dedica EC685 for latte art

I've read online that removing the sleeve of the pannarello wand and just using the inner rubber as a wand can create better micro foam, I was excited to try as I couldn't get my EC685 wand to produce ...
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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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Procedure for making a Caffe Americano

When making a Caffe Americano, does it matter whether you put the hot water or espresso in first? This is not a complicated drink to make, but I've seen it prepared both ways. If it does matter, why ...
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What is a shot?

I have visited Starbucks lots of times for their delicious coffee. As I stand in line, I hear people order coffee with like extra shots. I tried searching up what it means but to no avail. Here's an ...
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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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Coffee Bean Vs Espresso Bean

What is the difference between beans intended for coffee use vs beans intended for espresso? My understanding is the beans come from the same plants as mentioned previously but they are prepared ...
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Why do the coffee shops give sparkling water along with the Espresso?

Why do coffee shops provide sparkling water (mineral water) along with Espresso?
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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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How could I fix espresso that pours too fast?

The books and info I've read mention extracting for 25 seconds, but I get waaaaay more than a double shot of espresso in that duration. The exact numbers I have are: 15.6g of ground coffee (after ...
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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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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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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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Is Nespresso 'real' espresso?

When I use an espresso coffee pod, I'm a little skeptical that it qualifies as real espresso. The contents of the cup don't seem to be compressed or 'tamped' in any way, and obviously there's no ...
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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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What are the cheapest options for making good quality espresso at home?

I have always wanted to add espresso to my coffee creations in the morning, but am a novice and don't know where to begin.
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What are some strategies for handling the transition between different-aged beans in a coffee shop Espresso grinder?

Suppose my grinder's hopper contains beans roasted 14 days ago, and the hopper is almost empty; suppose further that I have a full bag of 5-day-old beans, ready to go. If the new beans are added to ...
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Moka Pot Buildup

I was given an old moka pot (this one in particular is a Junior Express pot) and noticed this buildup in the water well - it seems to be a little different from the typical scale buildup that I ...
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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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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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How big of a difference is there between a pressurised and non-pressurised portafilter?

I have been trouble shooting some of my own espresso and realised that my lower-end machine might just be unable to make a better shot due to having a pressurised portafilter. So with that I wanted to ...
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Can I lenghten the funnel of a stainless steel moka pot?

In the classic aluminum version of the cooker, the downward spout reaches the bottom almost entirely, whereas the stainless steel cooker (for induction) the funnel spout is much shorter, leaving a gap ...
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Why do I feel nauseous from coffee?

I really love coffee but for last 6 months I've felt nauseous almost every time I drink it. If I drink an espresso in the morning I will most likely vomit. If I drink it after lunch or a few hours ...
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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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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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End result of Americano vs Long Black?

There have been a few questions now asked about the difference between a Caffe Americano vs a Long Black and the merits of each (here and here). The main difference seems to be that the Long Black ...
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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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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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Reusable Nespresso pixie capsules

Has anyone had experience with reusable Nespresso pixie capsules (similar concept to the Keurig capsules that you can fill/refill with ground coffee)? If so, Is the flavor and crema similar? Does the ...
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Does espresso cost more to make than drip coffee?

In US coffee shops, espresso costs more than drip coffee (say, $3 for espresso vs. $2.50 for drip coffee where I live). Is that because espresso is seen (in the US) as fancy? Or does it actually cost ...
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Latte: Milk before or after coffee?

When making a latte, I've seen baristas make it: With espresso shot first and then milk and art on top (served in a normal cup) Milk first and espresso shot poured on top (served in a long glass with ...
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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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Ground coffee or beans

I have just recently started drinking coffee, and have got myself a small counter top espresso machine. Some people in work have suggested that instead of buying ground coffee (I have been using ...
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What is the differences between Americano and Espresso?

Can anybody give me the differences between Americano and Espresso because I am quite confused.
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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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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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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?...
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What factors affect espresso crema?

For a given coffee and roasting method, what factors of the espresso making process affect the crema and in what way(s) do they affect it? By my own empirical evidence, I would guess that time since ...
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What are my options for approximating espresso at work?

Lately I have developed a taste for espresso during the day, when I'm at work. There are several problems: There is no espresso machine at work. There is no stove at work, so a stovetop moka pot is ...
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What's the diagnostic of this bottomless extraction

I have juste bought a nuova simonelli musica / eureka mignon, and I m making test with a bottomless filter. Here are the pics: The extraction: https://imgur.com/a/v7uoFG6 The coffee after extraction: ...
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How should I manage settings for single shot / double shot

I just bought a Nuova Simonelli Musica + Eureka Mignon, so I'm practicing extracting a shot. I usually use single shot portfilter, as I am at home, and I live alone, so I don't want to waste too much ...
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How to keep the time before coffee get out of the machine?

I just bought a Nuova Simonelli Musica + Eureka Mignon, so I'm practicing extracting a shot. I am trying to make the extraction lasts 25 sec. But when I start the extraction, I first have ...