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For many coffee connoisseurs, a ristretto is the holy grail of all coffees. It is a short shot of espresso that only the most “in the know” coffee houses serve and only the most “in the know” coffee drinkers ever request. Whereas a regular espresso is a 1 oz shot (not including crema), a ristretto is just .75 oz of pure coffee experience – bolder, fuller and with more body.

To prepare a ristretto with a manual espresso machine, pull the hand press faster so that the coffee has less contact with the water. Another method is to simply stop the extraction early – though coffee purists would never dream of preparing a ristretto this way.


At NESCAFÉ®, we have developed several different ristretto products for you to enjoy.

Our NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® Espresso range features a couple of intensely bold ristrettos, meaning you can savour coffee shop quality in the comfort of your own home. In addition, as part of the Nestlé Professional line, we also offer several ristretto products to be used solely in NESCAFÉ® coffee machines.