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    Is there a trend to smaller espressos

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    Hi - Ive noticed recently that some establishments are serving very small espressos - ie less than 15ml, maybe 10ml. Mecca espresso is an example. Is this a new trend? What is the aim - the coffees have been very good, just very short. Just wondering if Im missing something here.

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    Re: Is there a trend to smaller espressos

    it sounds like they are serving you a ristretto....about 15ml over 15-20 seconds. Achieved by either finer grind or overpacking the basket slightly. Should be natually a sweet coffee

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    Hi melbuurn - yeah i initially thought ristretto - maybe by mistake, because definitely asked for short black. The small volume is normal for mecca where Ive been a number of times - just wondering why

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    Re: Is there a trend to smaller espressos

    Hi argon,

    probably best to ask them yourself,
    might be good reason, or not.
    You will get a good idea by how they handle the question and the answer you get.

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    Re: Is there a trend to smaller espressos

    Quote Originally Posted by 2536232B2A440 link=1306753804/0#0 date=1306753804
    Is this a new trend?
    An new trend in NSW maybe but Melbourne cafes have been doing that for a long time. Its my pet hate when Ive ordered an espresso.

    Pulling that short gives higher body and sugars, lower acidity and bitterness and will hide a lot of faults in a blend and ergo, more chance the punter will like it but if you were looking for an espresso to try the coffee then its lost in that tight a shot.

    David Seng at Veneziano is one of the few that will give me what I ordered everytime. I like that!

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    Re: Is there a trend to smaller espressos

    that shot he brought out for you did look pretty good andy at pickup day :)

    might actually have to pop inside next time I get beans, rather than be outside in the cold

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