Guide to Making a Ristretto, Espresso Style Coffee

Ristretto Coffee (1)

Most people outside of Italy view espresso as something to be tolerated rather than enjoyed. The typical espresso served in mainstream cafes – or prepared at home in consumer-grade coffee makers – resembles a small, poorly brewed coffee more than it does an actual espresso. When brewed correctly, espresso is a thick, …

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Making the Italian Doppio (Double) Espresso


References to classic Italian espresso culture in the United States are sometimes comical and sometimes confusing.   Many words you’ll see on today’s coffee shop menus came to us via Starbucks. For example, the ubiquitous use of the term “macchiato” to describe a giant caramel milkshake. Other traditional Italian words have also …

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