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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Why does my steam-pressure based Espresso machine not push water through the group head?

I have A DeLonghi BCO100IU espresso machine, but when I turn it on for espresso, even with a full boiler, no water comes out of the group head. I am certain this machine works on steam pressure, ...
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What's the optimal size of a moka pot for a single espresso?

I'm new to brewing coffee. All I'm after is a single espresso in the morning. Sometimes latte. I've recently got myself a 6 cup moka pot - the smallest one we had in a local store. Doing it by ...
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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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Is it safe to say that same type of coffee used with an espresso machine is ideal for a moka pot?

As far as the type of: bean; the better-suited roast; proper grind-size goes; ...do you treat a moka pot's coffee (bean/roast/grind) the same way as a full espresso machine? I use a Bialetti Brikka -...
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What acids are there in coffee?

I don't know what acids extract with what temperature. For example, in 93 °C what acids hurt and what acids extract. I want to know for better flavor and less bitterness in my espresso, what can I do?
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My Jura coffee machine doesn't pour espresso

The machine operates okay with milk, but when espresso program is activated, machine acts like it is making it (grinds coffee, than heats water) but nothing comes out of the tube. The milk steaming ...
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Pressure changed overnight? (to high)

Anybody has any idea what can make the pressure go up overnight? From the normal 7,5, its now over 12 BAR. I didn't changed anything. Just added some beans last week. I cleaned the machine, but it ...
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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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What skills/techniques are necessary for making espresso?

I'm considering buying an espresso machine, as an experiment. (I have a number of concerns, including expense, counter space, and my spouse's patience, but I also want to move beyond the pre-...
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Any heath benefits of having butter coffee?

Since the time I knew about unsalted butter coffee, I included it in my life. Every morning, I make a black coffee and put butter into it. I generated a taste for it and now it is perfect cup for me. ...
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Cup full of espresso shots?

Is it considered rude or faux pas to take a full cup of espresso shots at a company break-room? Does it change if it's decaf espresso? I've only really gone for it after a greasy/oily lunch but for ...
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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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How to order Caffe Macchiato and be sure you get one?

I think this question pertains mostly to the USA. I travel often and like to stop at local coffee shops. My beverage of choice is a Caffe Macchiato. In the US, there seems to be the issue that a "...
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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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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 café allongé, and how is it pronounced?

My question is actually in reference to a JavaScript book by Reg Braithwaite titled "JavaScript Allongé". Obviously JavaScript has almost nothing to do with coffee, but the author maintained a coffee ...
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Is a blade grinder or burr grinder best for grinding coffee? [duplicate]

I have recently received some vouchers and have gotten into coffee recently. I what to start buying my own beans and grinding them rather than just buying instant coffee or even already ground coffee, ...
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How can I produce better espresso shots with my Gaggia Classic?

I just bought an espresso machine, Gaggia Classic.I tried making an espresso from pre-ground coffee with the pressurised filter (Crema Perfetta) that comes with the machine and I found the coffee was ...
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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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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 do I make a good flat white?

Recently Starbucks Canada has started serving Flat Whites and after cursorily reading about how to make one on Wikipedia, I thought I'd try my hand at it at home. We have a Breville Cafe Roma ...
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Why can't I have enough crema with my espresso machine? Doesn't it provide enough pressure?

It seems my machine doesn't create enough pressure because I can't create a decent crema. The machine heats up water which increases the pressure and eventually the water makes it through the coffee. ...
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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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Espresso, pour starts dripping halfway?

I have a Espresso machine (Rocket R58). I'm curious why my pour starts to drip halfway the pull. Is there any explanation why halfway and not from the get-go? I do understand i need to go more ...
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Can I have this type of coffee?

I would like to know if people normally have the type of coffee I do. I take coffee from a vending machine that has a variety of options (latte, cappuccino, espresso) of which I choose espresso. This ...
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Convenient espresso shot container?

My friend recently gifted me a Breville ESP8XL. I'm looking for a convenient sealed (portable) container to carry (up to 3) espresso shots to work for the post-lunch slump. I couldn't find anything on ...
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Extending the Japanese Brewing Method to Espresso

I've heard about the "Japanese Brewing Method" that's been getting some exposure. I usually brew with an espresso machine, and I was wondering if the same logic applies here. Does adding ice to a cup, ...
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How do you fit a double espresso into a demitasse?

With lattes you can fit a double handle over the cup that you're making the coffee in. But a demitasse won't fit under a double handle. Do you make two single shots and pour the second one into the ...
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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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Problems with Rancilio Silvia: How could I prevent getting too much or too sour espresso?

I bought an older Rancilio Silvia machine and try to adjust the grind of my CM90 grinder. On grinding level 24 I get with 15g powder after 25 seconds 73g espresso in two cups which is way too much (...
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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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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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How Much Should I Spend When Investing In An At-Home Espresso Machine?

I remember discussing the merits of different espresso machines a while back at my local coffee shop with a seasoned barista. His advice was that anything priced below $1000 would produce sub-par ...
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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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Can I leave the basket in the portafilter after pulling the shots?

Because it is quite hard to take the basket out of the portafilter, I tend to leave it there. But this means I can't clean the space between them. Is that OK?
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When should I tamp the coffee?

I have a Sage Dual Boiler coffee machine, using the stock portafilter and baskets. Should I tamp the coffee in the basket and then insert into the portafilter, or insert the basket first into ...
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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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Help me to identify the name of this part

This part is leaking. Can anybody please help me to identify the name of this part (see image)? If it's not possible to get these parts anymore, can I use a different part which does the same job? ...
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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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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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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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When preparing a ristretto shot, should the brew time remain the same as a normale?

I have heard that a ristretto shot is in the realm of 1:1.1-1.5 bean to coffee yield ratio here. Is the brew time to remain the same? I have used about 25s as a rule of thumb for my espresso shots. ...
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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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Do any coffee chains do real mochas? [closed]

When I make a mocha for myself at home I make a hot chocolate with real cocoa and then add a double espresso (made using a Bialetti Venus). Every coffee I have had at popular coffee shop chains use "...
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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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Will my tap water work for brewing espresso?

I just picked up a Gaggia Classic and I am wondering if my delicious Denver tap water will do the trick or if I should go with something bottled. I am looking here for the espresso standards and here ...
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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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Portafilter difficult to turn

I have a saeco espresso machine. When I place the porta filter into the machine, it is very difficult to turn. Any suggestions
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How should I order an espresso to get a less sour shot?

I often find that standard espresso shots at many high-end coffeeshops to be more sour than I prefer. I tend to order straight espresso, or Americanos with only a little water, or maybe a macchiatto, ...
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How can I maximize the time the “high” lasts?

I know it's individual, but in general (or at least, in average): What are the main factors in how long does a coffee's "high" last? Can I deliberately make it last more than an hour? More than 3? I ...