19 Feb '13, 12am

About one year after I wrote the "God Shot" article, I found a new respect for the traditional double espresso:

About one year after I wrote the "God Shot" article, I found a new respect for the traditional double espresso:

Back to the subject at hand: Along the way in my conversion back to normal doubles, something nifty happened. I started developing a new respect for the normal double espresso. I'm trying to put into words some thoughts here, and it's difficult. I went ristretto way back when because I fell in love (figuratively, of course) with the super intense wallop of flavour that a ristretto delivers. It was (and remains) a challenging drink to pull off, but over the years, it's become easier for me to produce at a given "bar" of quality in my ristrettos. In short, I've become spoiled. Going back to normal doubles confused me at first, because some of the normal espresso shots I pulled were amazing in the pour, and amazing in the taste. Not as intense as the ristretto can be, but just as good in their own right. Maybe it's like the difference between a Guinness in Dublin and a Chimay...

Full article: http://www.coffeegeek.com/opinions/coffeeatthemoment/06-1...

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