Espresso shot

Espresso

Pulling espresso shot with naked portafilterEspresso is a popular coffee beverage, originating in Italy. Espresso is a concentrated coffee drink brewed by forcing a small amount of hot water under pressure through finely ground coffee beans. Espresso has a thicker consistency than coffee prepared by other brewing methods. It has a higher concentration of suspended and dissolved solids, and crema.

Espresso can be pulled in three major variants: normale, ristretto, and lungo. The three variants differ by the amount of water used to extract a given coffee quantity, and the extraction time.

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