Questions tagged [espresso]

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What are the standard espresso parameters (dose, mass/volume, time, etc.)?

I have a Breville Infuser espresso machine as well as a Breville Smart Grinder Pro. The espresso machine comes with two types of filters (for singles and doubles), and can dispense a pre-programmed ...
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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 are the 4M's of espresso?

"4M" is something that I have been heard of as a requirement set for tasty espresso. What are these four important quality factors that affect the flavor of final espresso cup?
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How to (re-)calibrate an espresso machine and grinder setup?

When you're starting your shift at your coffee shop and take over the bar from another barista, the machine and grinder can be in varying states of cleanliness and calibration. How do you quickly and ...
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How much caffeine is in an espresso shot?

Many people seem to think that a 0.85oz shot of espresso has the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee. Is there any validity to this?
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I run my espresso machine until my whole cup is full. What's my coffee called?

I have a cheap espresso machine. I grind dark roast beans separately, fill a "double" filter with it, run the espresso machine and won't turn it off until my ~250ml cup is completely filled. I drink ...
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What is the difference between a long (luongo) and a short (ristretto) shot of espresso?

What is the difference between a long (luongo) and a short (ristretto) shot of espresso? Is there a difference in grind, extraction time, amount of coffee used, temperature, volume of water? If so, ...
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How quickly does ground coffee get stale?

On this website I found this claim: Great baristas in fact will only grind beans for an espresso right before using them. 30 seconds after they have been ground, the beans are already too stale ...
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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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General How-To: Arduino Based PID for Saeco Aroma

I have 2 spare Arduino R3 Unos lying around and have heard a lot of positive results from folks who have PID'ed their Silvias, Via Venezias, etc. How would I go about PIDing my Saeco Aroma with my ...
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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 is wrong if my espresso pours out slowly but the first drops shoot out?

I've recently bought my first espresso machine (a Rancilio Silvia). I'm now trying to dial it in, but don't know how to interpret the result: My shot is not too fast (it does not splash out of the ...
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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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What are the basics of creating an espresso blend?

Having roasted almost exclusively single origins, tackling blends seems somewhat daunting. What are the basic elements of an espresso blend that make it particularly good for the espresso ...
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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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Downsides of brewing espresso with high pressure?

The Italian National Espresso Institute requires the following properties for a certified Espresso: Water pressure: 9 bar ± 1 Percolation time: 25 seconds ± 5 seconds I'm using a Quickmill Pegaso ...
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How do I know when to stop pulling my shot?

I have a manual espresso machine. I have to turn the pump on and off with a switch and judge when to stop by myself. How do I judge when the best point is to stop pulling the shot? Do I do it by ...
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What is the right coffee ground size for an espresso coffee machine?

I have an espresso coffee machine. When I use very fine pure coffee powder, it seems the water fails to pass through and when I use a coarsely ground powder, the extract is too light. Should I be ...
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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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Which of these espresso variant contain more caffeine?

Can you please explain what is the difference between these types of coffee and which one of them contains more caffeine then the others: American Espresso Lungo Ristretto And please if it's ...
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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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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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Generating Crema with a manual machine

I have a La Pavoni Pro, and noticed that I am a bit inconsistent with the crema. I have read this other post on crema and understand the freshness of the beans are the most important part, but I have ...
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What is going wrong with this Espresso shot?

I am a coffee roaster and am working through building a standard espresso profile for coffee shops in my area. I'm working with a particular shop that is interested in my coffee, but for some reason ...
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What Factors Influence Crema Production In Espresso?

I need more crema on top of my espresso. What are the main factors behind producing crema when making espresso?
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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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What is the optimal length of time for pulling a shot of espresso?

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 ...
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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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How to preserve crema when pouring a shot into a drink?

To make a long black, you pour espresso on top of hot water. There are a variety of reasons for this, but a primary one is to avoid dissipating crema by pouring hot water over it (which is an ...
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How can I improve this latte?

I have this Delonghi espresso machine. After much trial and error, I have got to the point where my I am able to make cappuccinos and lattes with a milk texture which is pleasing to taste. In order ...
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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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Is espresso pre-infusion included in total brew timing?

There are many espresso recommendations for an exact brew time of, lets say 28 seconds according to here. When pulling a shot of espresso, some machines use a low pressure "pre-infusion" feature to ...
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How to prepare good coffee during an outdoor trip?

I am planning some hiking/climbing trips this year so I started looking into portable espresso machines. I found these products and also this ESPRESSO ON THE GO (this one actually got me super excited ...
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Are the last drips after pulling an espresso less tasty?

Someone told me that the last drips coming out of a espresso machine after the pull is finished (when there is no water pressure any more) contain bad flavors. He recommended that I remove the coffee ...
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Why does espresso taste different to percolator coffee?

I recently switched from percolator coffee to espresso. The taste is noticeably better. I feel as if it is common knowledge that espresso coffee is superior to percolator coffee. Why is it different? ...
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Does pre-heating a puck on the group head produce more crema?

In my never-ending quest to get just a little more crema out of every shot, I've been experimenting with some advice I received from a barista - allow the puck to warm a bit in the porta filter on the ...
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What equipment do I need to make espresso at home?

Excuse the rookie question, but I am a newbie to coffee. (I blame my nationality; I grew up with tea. ;) ) What equipment, exactly, do I need to get from coffee beans to a cup of espresso that I can ...
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Doppio vs. Short Black: What's The Difference?

I stumbled across an answer on Quora that describes the many different espresso-based coffee drinks. In the author's answer, he defines a doppio as: Double Espresso or twice the amount of coffee ...
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Bialetti Brikka..is 2 cup really 1 cup?

My bialetti brikka claims to be a 2 cup espresso maker. However, I only see one water fill line. When I use this line, it produces one cup of espresso. I thought there might be a second fill line for ...
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Americano, water before the shot? [duplicate]

I was in a coffee shop the other day and noticed the barrista was pouring in the hot water before the espresso shot for my Americano. Is there a reason for this?
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Does the caffeine content differ in “ristretto” shots?

My intuition tells me the difference in caffeine content will be slight to non-existent between regular shots and ristretto shots. But perhaps I'm not adequately accounting for the reduced volume. And ...
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How do I make an espresso shot in a moka pot?

Ive tried brewing espresso in a moka pot but I end up making coffee that tastes like drip coffee. Not sure why, but is it because the water level in the moka pot (I fill it up just below the opening ...
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What effect does portafilter diameter have on espresso?

It seems like a lot of the higher end espresso machines come with a 58mm portafilter. Does this larger diameter have some improved effect on the resulting espresso?
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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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When the espresso begins to pour it takes about 3-5 secound to reach the right presure, what can I do?

Hello I have some problems when trying to get a perfect shot of espresso The problem: So when the espresso begins to pour, the pressure is not high enought, and the color is dark. It takes about 3-5 ...
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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 ...