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How to Brew and Drink Espresso

Dose, ratio, grind size, brew time—brewing a great cup of espresso can be complicated, so Dan called in champion barista James Hoffman
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Published Jan. 28, 2022.

Making a great cup of espresso is a lot like baking: It's a scientific process that depends on careful ratios. But with the expert guidance of YouTuber, author, and champion barista James Hoffmann, you'll be well on your way to brewing like a pro. Click below to learn all about the most important tool in your coffee arsenal (hint: It's not the espresso machine), Hoffmann's "lopsided bell curve of deliciousness vs. extraction," why you should let your espresso cool before you drink it, and so much more.

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