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What are the 4M's of espresso?

4M is a term mainly used among Italians for espresso. It is a placeholder for four words that start with "M" in Italian that affects espresso preparation. Some information can be found here. These M'...
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How can I improve this latte?

I own this machine and have since moved on from it for the exact reasons you stated. It is possible to create microfoam that is good enough for making clearly defined latte art on the Delonghi Dedica ...
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How to order Caffe Macchiato and be sure you get one?

The problem with ordering a "Macchiato" is that it's only half of the name of a traditional coffee drink. "Macchiato" means "stained" or "flecked" and not more. In Italy, you have either Latte ...
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Can I have this type of coffee?

The beverage you make by diluting vending machine "espresso" with hot water is called "poor imitation of Americano". It is hard to say how much caffeine it contains because it's not clear what this ...
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Non-plastic version of an AeroPress?

This may be off topic because it is opinion-based and hypothetical in nature. There may be some merit however because it is presented with a "fair and impartial tone" and invites experiences over ...
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What are the differences between americano and espresso?

An espresso is a shot of coffee produced by forcing hot water at high pressure through coffee grounds. Often, the espresso is the base shot of coffee from which other coffee drinks are prepared, ...
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What is a café allongé, and how is it pronounced?

Café allongé is the French for Italian cafe lungo, or in English, long espresso. There may be previous related answers on this: I run my espresso machine until my whole cup is full. What's my ...
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Is an Americano the same as drip coffee?

Differences Crema: an espresso has crema whereas drip brew coffee doesn't. The reason for this is that an espresso is pulled under pressure. Paper filtered: drip brew tends to be filtered by paper of ...
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What's the difference between Turkish and Italian coffee?

If you mean the products you see at a grocer, the answer is simply grind. "Turkish coffee" is a finer grind setting than espresso, so that the final product very closely resembles dust. "Italian ...
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Indians understanding coffee

I am South Indian and a coffee fanatic; and each time I order an espresso, the coffee shop staff member will be sure to say, there is no milk in it. They don't say 'no sugar' in my town because ...
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What are my options for approximating espresso at work?

I don't want to provide any specific product links here since they may change in the future and I also don't want to advertise specific stores. However there are some options I can think of. There ...
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How can I maximize the time the "high" lasts?

You would like to prolong the "high" that coffee i.e. caffeine causes. Caffeine is metabolized by your liver. So anything that interferes with your liver metabolizing caffeine would extend the high, ...
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Doppio vs. Short Black: What's The Difference?

As far as I know, a short black is a single espresso, as in it's literally just another word for a single espresso. A short black is a single 30ml shot, and a doppio is two, 60ml. Nothing added to ...
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How can I improve this latte?

I've steamed milk on my friend's Saeco Aroma, which seems to be in the same class as your Delonghi, and was able to get good microfoam. Aside from getting some pointers along the way, the key is ...
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What skills/techniques are necessary for making espresso?

If the concern is solely production of great espresso, I would argue that the 'skillset' required actually consists of a single point. Palate. Being able to discern flavours and work out what is good ...
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How quickly does ground coffee get stale?

I can say, by experience, that it's not a superstition. Maybe not seconds, but for sure it's just a few minutes. Maybe someone could find a reference to an experiment or I may encounter and add it ...
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How could I fix espresso that pours too fast?

First things first; I advise you to decalcify your device in advance. This may fix many shady problems and taste issues. Then... There may be several issues that may affect your flow. These are what ...
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Does espresso cost more to make than drip coffee?

The primary factor is that it takes considerably more effort and skill to make an espresso than drip coffee. A good espresso requires a far more expensive piece of machinery which requires greater ...
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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?

This is completely normal, this is the pre-infusion phase. Pre-infusion is used to wet the grounds before starting ideal espresso extraction. Wetting with hot water helps the grounds to release ...
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Is there a name for this drink?

This sounds Cortado or Noisette to me. Still, additional water makes it a bit interesting. I assume you may simply order your coffee based on lungo instead of doppio. Again, lungo based Cappucino ...
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Why are Costa or Starbucks lattes so good?

I'm not familiar with Costa, but I am with Starbucks. Let me offer my ideas in what's different. Starbucks stores use fully automatic espresso machines with semi automatic frothing wands. The espresso ...
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Why is tamping necessary for espresso machines but not mokas?

Espresso machines rely on pressure to extract coffee solutes over a very short (~25 seconds) extraction time. Tamping is a critical aspect to achieving this. By tamping ideally, you eliminate channels ...
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Can I reuse grounds to make another espresso?

The simple answer is one extraction per portafilter filling. So depending on whether you use the smaller one-shot or larger double-shot insert, you get one or two shots per button press and after that,...
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Is espresso supposed to be bitter and drank on its own or am I supposed to add something to it?

No, you didn’t do anything wrong. There are lots of people that enjoy their espresso “pure” and most would argue that you can enjoy the unadulterated flavor best that way. However, there’s also no ...
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What Factors Influence Crema Production In Espresso?

I hereby copy a very nice statement from the conclusion of Illy & Navarini's survey paper: Most of the data reported in the present review may suggest that espresso brewing can be described as “a ...
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How Much Should I Spend When Investing In An At-Home Espresso Machine?

It's important to note that you should be thinking of your entire espresso budget (i.e. Machine, Grinder, and Accessories) when trying to find the "right" price. If you were to buy a $1000 machine, ...
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Doppio vs. Short Black: What's The Difference?

According to the author's description in the question, short black is defined as two and half times water and three times coffee. A regular espresso is prepared with 7–9 grams of coffee and 25–30 ml ...
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Extending the Japanese Brewing Method to Espresso

The Japanese or Kyoto Method and espresso a extremely dissimilar in their extraction methods and flavor profiles. It is truly like comparing apples and oranges. Espresso utilizes pressure as its main ...
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Espresso, pour starts dripping halfway?

There may be some advice on this. My first will be to check the pressure as you can do this with your pretty machine. Please check if you are around 9 bars when pulling the shot. One reason of delay ...
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