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Can You Make A Proper Espresso?

To certified Italian standards, obviously.

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  1. 1. How much ground coffee should go into one espresso?

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    5g
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    6g
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    7g
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    10g
  2. 2. At what temperature should the water be upon exiting the coffee machine?

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    72ºC
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    88ºC
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    93ºC
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    100ºC
  3. 3. This is really important: At what temperature should the final beverage (once in the cup) be?

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    59ºC
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    67ºC
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    76ºC
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    81ºC
  4. 4. At what level should the water pressure of the coffee machine be set for optimum espresso extraction?

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    7 bar
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    9 bar
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    12 bar
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    15 bar
  5. 5. What is the perfect percolation time?

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    20 seconds
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    25 seconds
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    30 seconds
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    31 seconds
  6. 6. How much caffeine is there in a shot of espresso?

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    More than 100mg/cup
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    Less than 100mg/cup
  7. 7. How large is an espresso shot?

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    35ml
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    30ml
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    25ml
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    20ml
  8. 8. In what kind of cup should an espresso be served?

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    White ceramic, 50–100ml
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    It makes no difference whatsoever
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    Glass, 35–75ml
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    White paper cups
  9. 9. What colour should the "crema" top of an espresso be?

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    Black
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    Mahogany
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    Hazelnut
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    Beige
  10. 10. What aftertaste should a proper espresso leave on your palate?

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    The scent of dried fruit, nuts, and fresh vegetables
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    Cologne and stale pastries
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    Hints of flowers, fruit, toasted bread, and chocolate
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    The odour of a field of freshly cut grass on a warm spring morning
  11. 11. After what time of day does it become unacceptable to pour an espresso into a bowl of milk (aka order a cappuccino)?

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    After 3pm
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    Once the clock strikes noon
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    What the fuck are you on about?
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    After sunset

Answers to questions 1-10 have all been sourced from the certified Italian Espresso Institute. The answer to question 11 is standard etiquette.

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