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Recipe

How To Make The Perfect Ristretto

2 min.
Easy
1 pers.

Do you find the regular espresso drink a tad underwhelming and yearn for a bolder experience? If a full-bodied coffee is your desire, then ristretto might just be what you’re looking for. Appreciated for its intense palate presence, this seemingly modest drink can enthral ardent coffee aficionados. In this article, we’ll not only talk about what a ristretto shot is, but we’ll also do a ristretto vs espresso comparison before, finally, going over how to make a ristretto that will knock your socks off. 

What is A Ristretto? 

What does ristretto mean?

A ristretto is the smallest amount of coffee you’ll find. Its name comes from Italian and means “restricted” in English. The power of this coffee comes from its quantity, as it is made up of around 22 ml of intense espresso. Very finely ground coffee helps to release all its aromas in such a small quantity.

 

In the UK, ristretto is not usually many people’s first choice when ordering coffee and is instead often sought after by coffee purists for its unrivalled fullness. In Italy, on the other hand, it is so widely consumed that it is almost part of the Italian way of life.

 

So, in short, a ristretto is small, strong and dark. 

ristretto

Ristretto vs. Espresso: How Are They Different?

 

Choosing between ristretto and espresso will depend on your coffee tastes. 

 

Despite looking almost the same, in all but quantity, the taste is very different. And the quantity makes all the difference! 

 

They are both ‘short’ coffees, but a ristretto will have a stronger intensity due to its smaller size. As a result, a ristretto is a smaller short shot that is much richer in intensity and flavour.

 

That’s why you need to try it in different versions to determine your preferences: with a variety of coffee beans or even specially prepared by a barista in your favourite coffee shop.

How to make a good Ristretto?

If you have a bean-to-cup coffee machine (or espresso grinder machine)

Ingredients

  • Ingrédient Café moulu
    Italian roast coffee beans are best if you want a traditional ristretto.

Material

  • Matériel Machine à café à grain
    A bean-to-cup coffee machine
  • Matériel Tasse à café
    A ristretto cup

Preparation

  • Ingrédient Café moulu
    Step 1 Add coffee beans to your espresso grinder.
  • Matériel Machine à café à grain
    Step 2 If you have a conventional automatic coffee machine, you have several options. Either your machine has an automatic ristretto button, or you can choose the quantity and adjust the amount of your drink to the size of a ristretto. (22ml).
  • Préparation Couler 2 cafés Machine à café à grain
    Step 3 Simply watch your machine pour a ristretto into your dedicated coffee cup.
  • Préparation Déguster
    Step 4 Enjoy it straight away !
  • Ingrédient Café moulu
    Step 1

    Add coffee beans to your espresso grinder.

  • Matériel Machine à café à grain
    Step 2

    If you have a conventional automatic coffee machine, you have several options. Either your machine has an automatic ristretto button, or you can choose the…

  • Préparation Couler 2 cafés Machine à café à grain
    Step 3

    Simply watch your machine pour a ristretto into your dedicated coffee cup.

  • Préparation Déguster
    Step 4

    Enjoy it straight away !

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How to make a good Ristretto?

If you have a manual espresso machine

Ingredients

  • Ingrédient Café moulu
    Italian roast coffee beans are best if you want a traditional ristretto.

Material

  • Préparation Entretenir Moulin
    A coffee grinder
  • Matériel Tapis tassage
    A tamping mat
  • Matériel Répartiteur de mouture
    A grind distributor
  • Matériel Tamper
    A tamper
  • Matériel Balance
    A scale
  • Matériel Tasse à café
    A ristretto cup.

Preparation

  • material cleaning coffee grinder
    Step 1 Grind 5 to 7 g of coffee into your portafilter.
  • material cleaning coffee grinder
    Step 2 First, distribute and even out the ground coffee in your portafilter, more or less evenly, using your hands.
  • Matériel Répartiteur de mouture
    Step 3 Then use the grind distributor to ensure that the coffee is evenly packed (2 to 3 turns).
  • Matériel Tamper
    Step 4 Use your tamper to apply 15-20 kg of pressure to your grind to compact it.
  • Matériel Entretien Machine Expresso manuelle
    Step 5 Before switching on the your percolator, perform a flush (this means cleaning the filter of any grounds that may have remained from previous coffees and emptying the water unit).
  • Matériel Machine expresso manuelle
    Step 6 Insert the portafilter into the brewing unit and start the extraction. Launch a timer.
  • Préparation Déguster
    Step 7 Stop your extraction after 25 to 30 seconds from the time the flow has started.
  • Préparation Déguster
    Step 8 Enjoy immediately !
  • material cleaning coffee grinder
    Step 1

    Grind 5 to 7 g of coffee into your portafilter.

  • material cleaning coffee grinder
    Step 2

    First, distribute and even out the ground coffee in your portafilter, more or less evenly, using your hands.

  • Matériel Répartiteur de mouture
    Step 3

    Then use the grind distributor to ensure that the coffee is evenly packed (2 to 3 turns).

  • Matériel Tamper
    Step 4

    Use your tamper to apply 15-20 kg of pressure to your grind to compact it.

  • Matériel Entretien Machine Expresso manuelle
    Step 5

    Before switching on the your percolator, perform a flush (this means cleaning the filter of any grounds that may have remained from previous coffees and…

  • Matériel Machine expresso manuelle
    Step 6

    Insert the portafilter into the brewing unit and start the extraction. Launch a timer.

  • Préparation Déguster
    Step 7

    Stop your extraction after 25 to 30 seconds from the time the flow has started.

  • Préparation Déguster
    Step 8

    Enjoy immediately !

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MaxiCoffee’s top tips for a successful ristretto

When it comes to the quantity of ground coffee, stick to between 5 and 7g of coffee, depending on the intensity you want to give it. The most important thing is to choose a very fine grind size, otherwise, the extraction time will either be too long or not long enough.

ground coffee

Finally, if you want to enjoy a ristretto like you would in Italy, blends of Arabica and Robusta beans are the best choice. Below, we have listed a number of coffees that can be used to make a perfect ristretto.

Maxicoffee’s Recommendations For Making A Ristretto

 

The coffee you choose when making a ristretto is very important, as its intense, pronounced flavour will take over. Here are a few suggestions to help you make the best choice according to your preferences.

 

 1kg Espresso Bar Coffee Beans – Perleo Espresso

 

This Italian-roasted coffee bean delivers a very full-bodied coffee. On the palate, it is dominated by spicy and gourmet notes. Although very dark-roasted, this coffee remains well-balanced.

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Café en grains - Bar - Perleo Espresso 1kg

Coffee beans – Bar – Perleo Espresso (1kg)

– Notes: cinnamon, cocoa, molasse
– Origins: blend
– Packaging: 1 kg pack

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1kg Dolce Coffee Beans – Goppion Caffé 

 

This 90% Arabica and 10% Robusta blend delivers a balanced, velvety coffee. This dark Italian-roasted coffee bean is predominantly rich, with spicy notes of cinnamon, cocoa and molasses.

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Café en grains - Dolce - Goppion Caffe - 1kg

Coffee beans – Dolce – Goppion Caffé (1kg)

– Notes : cinnamon, cocoa, molasse
– Origins : blend
– Packaging: 1 kg pack

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1kg Espresso 18/19 Coffee Beans- Café Mokxa 

 

This 100% Arabica coffee bean produces a creamy cup with a dominant gourmet flavour and spicy notes of liquorice and roasted almonds. Medium roast +, this coffee is a speciality coffee which ensures a quality cup!

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Café en grains - Espresso 18.19 - Mokxa 1kg

Coffee beans – Espresso 18.19 – Mokxa (1 kg)

– Notes: milk chocolate, liquorice and roasted almonds
– Rich & sweet and spices aromas
– Blend

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1 kg Grand’Aroma Coffee Beans – Miscela d’Oro 

 

This dark-roasted Arabica/Robusta blend produces an intense coffee with a syrupy body and toasty aromas.

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Café en grains - Grand Aroma - Miscela d Oro 1kg

Coffee beans – Grand Aroma – Miscela d’Oro (1 kg)

– Notes: walnut, cedar and marmalade
– Dark roast
– Arabica and Robusta blend

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How Do You Know If Your Ristretto Has Been Prepared Properly? 

 

Making a good ristretto is not easy, but with the right knowledge and preparation techniques, you can avoid getting it wrong. You can tell how good your extraction is by looking at 2 things: the crema and the coffee puck in your portafilter. 

 

A successful ristretto is synonymous with a thick crema. If this is not the case, you have not respected the extraction time, which is between 25 and 30 seconds. 

 

Another important point is that the coffee puck in your portafilter must be dry. If it’s not, you’ve under-extracted, which means that the coffee flows too quickly and doesn’t reveal all its flavours. 

There’s nothing like a bit of practice before you find the perfect dosage, even for such a small cup, and don’t hesitate to change coffees to try something different. Take notes each time you drink and find your favourite ristretto. Discover all our coffee beans on MaxiCoffee.

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