As I'm sure you know, you can put as little or as many ounces of espresso in your drink as you'd like. What you probably aren't aware of is there are different types of espresso shots. That's right - they aren't all the same!
For this blog entry we'll go over the two main types of espresso shots:
This is your standard espresso shot. Made by having water run uniformly through your perfectly ground coffee.
Ristretto means "restricted" in Italian. So, when referring to an espresso shot, a ristretto is a shortened or restricted shot. This means the barista won't pull a full length espresso shot as he would with a traditional shot.
A Ristretto is prepared the same exact way as a traditional shot with perfectly ground, coarse coffee grinds from fresh beans. The shot is simply shorter.
The answer to this is completely up to the person ordering. If you don't want as strong a cup, go for a ristretto. If you prefer a lighter drink, go for a ristretto.