Espresso Ristretto

Espresso Ristretto

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Prep Time: 2 mins

Cook Time: 1 mins

Total Time: 5 mins

Servings: 1


  • 15-20ml Espresso Cafe


What is a Ristretto Coffee?

Ristretto coffee is essentially an espresso but with a distinct twist—it contains less water. This results in a smaller cup compared to a regular espresso, but don’t let its size fool you. A ristretto is more concentrated, offering a richer and subtly sweeter flavor profile.

One of the reasons a ristretto is perceived as sweeter is precisely because of its reduced water content. This composition leads to a delightful emphasis on the coffee’s aromatic notes. The unique brewing method ensures that the sweet and acidic notes are extracted first, while the bitter compounds are released later. This delicate balance creates a harmonious blend of flavors, making the ristretto a beloved choice for coffee connoisseurs seeking a robust yet nuanced espresso experience.

What Does “Ristretto” Mean?

“Ristretto” means “restricted” in Italian, and it refers to the limited amount of water used in making this coffee. It’s important to understand that a ristretto is about 15-20 ml, whereas an espresso is typically 25-35 ml. To make an espresso, it takes 20-30 seconds to pull a shot. For a ristretto, the brewing time is a few seconds less, ensuring a more concentrated flavor.

How to Make a Ristretto

To prepare a ristretto, use your usual espresso machine. The key is to stop the machine as soon as you have 15-20 ml of coffee, ensuring that the brewing process does not exceed 20 seconds. This technique provides a more concentrated and flavorful espresso shot, capturing the essence of ristretto.