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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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Latte Art on a Cappuccino

Posted in barista, baristas, cappuccino, chocolate, coffee, coffee cups, coffee shop, espresso, latte, latte art with tags on 30, September, 2008 by charliem69
cappuccino with latte art

cappuccino with latte art

People love to see latte art on their coffees but what happens when they also want chocolate sprinkled on top as often happens with the cappuccino? There are a couple of ways to give your dinner guests (or customers) latte art and chocolate sprinkles at the same time, here are two of my favourites:

  1. Sprinkle the chocolate over the espresso shot and then pour your textured milk (as pictured)
  2. Pour you textured milk through the espresso shot as for a latte and then sprinkle chocolate without covering the art (pic on the way …)

Give it a go. When I get my camera fixed, I’ll post a video.

Cappuccino prepared using a Rancilio Silvia from Jetblack Espresso.