Archive for January, 2009

Ristretto versus Espresso

Posted in barista, cappuccino, coffee, espresso, latte on 7, January, 2009 by charliem69

Most people know what an espresso is – around 30ml (1 ounce) poured through ground coffee in around 30 seconds to produce a crema rich coffee that is has a little natural sweetness. This is also the base in most of the milk coffees – cafe latte, cappuccino, macchiato, and piccolo latte. But what, you may ask, is a Ristretto?

A Ristretto (ristricted in Italian) is the first part of the espresso shot. Usually around half the volume of a typical espresso, the Ristretto is richer, sweeter and has fewer of the harsh flavour compounds that come through in the later stage of the espresso pour.

Next time you’re at your favourite Espresso Bar, ask for a Double Ristretto – around the same volume as a standard espresso, but with twice the flavour! It also makes a more flavoursome base to cafe latte’s and cappuccinos.

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