Ristretto means “restricted”, and essentially, that is what a ristretto coffee is. It is a shot of espresso that is restricted in the amount of time and amount of water used for completing the extraction. Instead of the 25-30 seconds that a regular espresso takes, the ristretto is normally pulled in 15-20 seconds.
How to make ristretto at home?
How long does it take to make an espresso ristretto?
You also need to time the number of seconds of your machine when it makes an espresso. Since a ristretto is half the amount of water, you’ll need to use the stopwatch setting on your smartphone to get the best timing. On average, this time will range from 15 to 25 seconds.
What is a ristretto shot and how is it made?
Basically, a ristretto shot is made by following the same extraction procedure for an espresso, but using less water. If you want to brew your ristretto at a similar time as with an espresso, you need to grind the beans a bit finer than usual to slow down the flow of hot water during extraction.