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Posted Sat Jul 6, 2013, 4:04am
Subject: What is ristretto?
 

I know it's a short shot of espresso of some sort but I can't find any written consensus on how it's made and how much liquid it should be and what it's characteristics are, so what I want to know is what is it exactly, how is it made and what makes a good one?
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Posted Sat Jul 6, 2013, 7:48am
Subject: Re: What is ristretto?
 

A ristretto is a restricted espresso.

The consensus is a total volume between 15-20mL for a single ristretto, but this varies greatly depending on what taste you prefer.

Characteristics generally include a stronger flavour, with pronounced sweetness and far less complexity in comparison to a traditional espresso.

Generally there are 3 methods to make them: (examples are double ristrettos)

1) Dose higher at the same time with a reduced volume

eg. 21g ground, 28 seconds, 30-40mL

2) Dose the same, with a shorter time and reduced volume

eg. 19g, 21 seconds, 30-40mL

3) Grind finer to keep the dose and time the same but with a shorter volume.

eg. 19g, 28 seconds, 30-40mL

In regards to what makes a good one, that takes experience & a continued effort to keep learning.

 
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