Rarely on the menu, the ristretto will become more popular in the next five years as we search for ways to customize our coffee experience. A more balanced and flavorful option, the ristretto, known as a cafe serre in French, is a shorter shot that uses about half the water that a regular espresso shot does. Ristrettos are stronger in flavor, tend to be sweeter and have less caffeine. These are amazing with flat white or a flavored latte. Next time you are at your favorite cafe, ask for one, and taste the difference.
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