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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Conflicting information regarding caffeine content in an espresso?

According to the USDA, the caffeine content in 100 gram of brewed coffee is about 40 milligram. According to the USDA, 100 ‎gram of restaurant-prepared espresso contains 212 milligram of caffeine. ...
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Inconsistent flow rate of espresso with ESE pods

(Just to be clear, I am aware of millions of questions on the internet about consistently bad flow but my question is about a situation where, most of the time, with ESE, it works very well... And ALL ...
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Espresso with little bitterness

I really like espresso, but the variant I like most is different from what most cafes serve: I like it best if the espresso is really dense (so not like filter coffee at all), has little bitterness, ...
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Is 15 bar necessary for espresso?

I think I read that in order to get a good espresso the espresso machine has to be able to (I may be wrong): provide constant 9 bar pressure must be able to provide water at constant high temperature....
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What can cause an overly acid espresso brew?

I went into this new specialty coffee shop today, they had a nice place and very informative brochures about the coffee beans they were using that day, happened to be a top quality Brazilian product ...
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Does which grind setting you use also depend on the beans used?

So - I use an automatic bean-to-cup espresso machine. The grinder within the machine has 5 grind levels - 5 being the most coarse, 1 being the most fine. Out of the box, it was pre-set to 3, which did ...
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How does espresso-based coffee compare to instant coffee?

When I buy coffee from outside, from whatever popular brand outside, and drink it, I feel a bit elevated. Especially one with higher caffeine content. However, when I drink the one I make my own I ...
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Sumatra or Espresso More Acidic?

I am looking for a less acidic caffeinated drink. Currently Sumatra is the least acidic coffee I’ve found but was wondering if espresso is better since it’s less liquid and has the same amount/more ...
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What can cause water to come out of the portafilter sprouts?

I recently bought a Gaggia Classic and have noticed that what happens sometimes is I'm getting very weak coffee. Specifically, if I'm doing a double-shot, the first 20-30ml that comes out appears to ...
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Espresso: How much can coffee choice affect the porosity of the coffee puck?

So this has happened to me: I bought a pack of pretty well-looking coffee, using the same approach as for other coffee beans (even the ones from the same "brand") I prepared an espresso, and ...
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Why is tamping necessary for espresso machines but not mokas?

Why is tamping necessary for espresso machines but not mokas? Kingston's How to Make Coffee: The Science Behind the Bean, on how to use a moka, says: Fill the funnel with enough finely ground coffee ...
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Why do espresso grains have to be finely ground and French press grains coursely ground?

Why do espresso grains have to be finely ground? (I've seen some moka pot instructions say medium is good, too.) I thought espresso machines extracted the most out of the grains, so it would seem they ...
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Home Roasting beginner green bean suggestions for learning?

Brand new to stack exchange and I am learning to roast coffee at home. I am wondering if there is an ideal or recommended coffee bean that is great for learning the basics? I understand this may be ...
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Why are Costa or Starbucks lattes so good?

I’m a coffee addict and I have been always having Starbucks as well Costa. I just love their lattes , but it become too expensive over time, so I am on a road to discover how to make coffee like them. ...
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I have some coarse ground Espresso and a Bodum French press

Is it possible to make espresso in a Bodum French press coffee machine? Unfortunately, the Espresso beans were ground coarse instead of fine.
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Inconsistent Espresso

I've got a Lelit Anita with PID (PL42TEMD). The machine is new, about 3 weeks old now. It's used for 2 people to make coffee in the morning. Ok, settings are 93 degrees on the PID, grind around 3 (a ...
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Puck sticks to group screen after pull

I have a Gaggia Classic and am generally happy with my pulls. 18g of grinds pulls in 20ish seconds give or take. I have a tamper with a spring and feel I'm fairly consistent overall. Baratza Encore ...
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Issues with grinding my own beans

I currently use a Delinghi Espresso machine and have always bought ready ground coffee because the cost of a decent grinder is quite high. However for Christmas this year, quite a few people bought me ...
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Water runs from portafilter when backflush

I want to backflush my espresso machine but water still comes out just like I am using a normal filter and not the blind one. What can be the problem?
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Scratches on the upper chamber of newly mochapot!

I have just got my mocha pot for the first time by enthusiasm but look what i have found! Deep scratches, not one or two, a lot! It almost looks like someone did this intentionally while producing. ...
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How do I make a single shot of espresso with a semi-automatic machine?

I just bought this Barista express from Breville. How long is the extraction time for singe shot, 9 gramme coffee? Also i did a double shot, setting is at 7 and grind amount in the middle... how do I ...
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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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Why do I get worse results with a non-pressurized filter basket?

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 portafilter when there's too much resistance? [duplicate]

I just bought a Breville Bambino Plus, and when I tried to lock the portafilter in the group head it doesn't turn and lock. There seems to be too much resistance to the point that I think I might ...
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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 ...