Espresso shotRistretto is a short shot of espresso coffee made with the normal amount of ground coffee but extracted with about half the amount of water. Traditionally, a ristretto is extracted using the same amount of coffee grounds and water as a normale, but reducing the time to brew it. The result is a concentrated espresso with a different flavor and taste profile, and slightly lower caffeine content.

Modern baristas pull ristrettos by shortening the extraction time. This delivers a very similar taste profile, but the technical challenges to pull it off are reduced.

The “God Shot” is defined as a ristretto pulled perfectly. Ristretto packs in more aroma and it has a more intense flavor, which makes it the favorite of many espresso lovers.