Ristretto Recipe

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What is a Ristretto?

A Ristretto is an intense and concentrated espresso shot that is made by extracting less water through the coffee grounds than a regular espresso shot. The word "Ristretto" comes from the Italian word for "restricted" or "limited," referring to the restricted volume of water used during the brewing process. This results in a bolder and more robust coffee flavor, with a shorter extraction time, creating a quick and powerful coffee experience.

How to Make a Ristretto at Home:

Making a Ristretto at home requires an espresso machine or a stovetop espresso maker. Here's how to make a classic Ristretto:


  • Freshly roasted coffee beans (specifically labeled for espresso)


  1. Grind the coffee beans to a fine consistency, specifically calibrated for espresso brewing.
  2. Preheat your espresso cups to ensure the coffee stays warm.
  3. Load the coffee grounds into the portafilter of your espresso machine, distributing them evenly.
  4. Tamp the coffee grounds firmly to compact them in the portafilter.
  5. Start the espresso extraction process.
  6. During the extraction, stop the process earlier than you would for a regular espresso shot. Aim for about half the volume of a standard shot.
  7. The result is a potent and intense espresso shot with a robust flavor profile.
  8. Serve the Ristretto immediately to savor its quick and powerful coffee taste.

The Ristretto is a bold and quick coffee experience, perfect for those who enjoy a concentrated and intense coffee flavor without the bitterness that might develop in a longer extraction.