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  • How to make a luscious ristretto?

    My favorite cafes make what I believe is a double or tripple ristretto shot depending on the size of the cup topped up with milk.  Its my favourite way to drink coffee.  It tastes rich, syrupy, chocolate & caramel thats sweet and no hints of bitterness. 

    Currently just researching a machine grinder combo to buy as well.  So thought I would ask, what do I need to do/get to achieve similar results?  Do I need a triple basket?  Finer grind?  And I believe less time on the pour of the shot? 

    Cheers

    Andrew

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    Re: How to make a luscious ristretto?

    Hi Andrew,

    Bit of a yes to most of your questions, and add "the right fresh bean (for your taste)" to the list, like maybe Espresso Wow from beanbay, or even a bag from your favourite cafe.  But IMO, a ristretto could be done on any basket. (edit:  and by "any", I dont mean a single, although Im sure some of the snobs here can make a pretty mean ristretto with that, too).

    Have a look at the home-barista site for excellent tutorials like "Espresso 101" and " Barista Technique: Good Extraction, Good Espresso".  Theres a pretty nifty graph there if youre into the techie side of stuff.

    Hope this helps.


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      Re: How to make a luscious ristretto?

      Originally posted by 575C5B5B5C0A0A0A3D0 link=1338389675/0#0 date=1338389675
      My favorite cafes make what I believe is a double or tripple ristretto shot
      A ristretto shot is distinguished from a standard shot by a relatively shorter pour time and smaller volume. Some cafes do use larger filters baskets than standard to achieve larger volumes for larger cup sizes etc. I reckon its likely to be more than just this alone that differentiates your favourite cafes.

      Originally posted by 575C5B5B5C0A0A0A3D0 link=1338389675/0#0 date=1338389675
      So thought I would ask, what do I need to do/get to achieve similar results?
      Thats what were all here for!

      I reckon most CSers enjoy the journey to coffee nirvana as much as the destination - if you dont you risk going mental 

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      • #4
        Re: How to make a luscious ristretto?

        Hey thanks peoples, will have a look at those websites. When I buy my machine combo I will see if they can throw in a naked porta-filter with a tripple basket.  I already have some favourite local roasters that I currently use.  Fiori Esspresso Blend and Yallingup Smooth French are two of my favourites!   

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        • #5
          Re: How to make a luscious ristretto?

          I would add that for a ristretto fining the grind and increasing the dose is also a good idea, to get a slower extraction with concentrated sugars

          I work on 10 to 15ml for a single ristretto and a 20 to 25ml extraction for a double

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            Re: How to make a luscious ristretto?

            Its so sad that a good ristretto is usually gone in a single sip

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            • #7
              Re: How to make a luscious ristretto?

              My feelings are all about viscosity... How do you achieve a thicker pour without burning the flavor?

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              • #8
                Re: How to make a luscious ristretto?

                John at Costa Noosa does a Quad ristretto for me when I ask nicely. he also recommends which beans are closest to peaking as well.

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                • #9
                  Re: How to make a luscious ristretto?

                  Youll find that you get a slightly different effect if you let the first few drops of coffee go to the drip tray, as well as shortening the pour at the end. I like it that way, but probably a matter of personal taste.

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