## How Many Espresso Beans In A Shot?

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I’d like to know how many espresso beans are in a shot.

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1. How many ounces in a shot of espresso?

Cafeteria menus could use some clarity. If you’re not used to terms like espresso and ristretto, your next order may be a huge disappointment. That’s why I’m tackling the most common coffee shop and home espresso questions one by one.

How many ounces should an espresso have?

A single shot of espresso should be made with 1 ounce (30 ml) of water passed through approximately 7 grams of finely ground coffee grounds.

The final volume of the espresso shot won’t be exactly 1 ounce, but it should be very close. Inevitably, a small amount of water will remain in the wet coffee grounds, and the oils and other components extracted from the grounds will add a small amount of bulk to the final beverage.

How many ounces in a double (or triple) shot of espresso?

Double shots of espresso are 2 ounces (60 ml), literally twice as long as single shots. This is because they are made in exactly the same way, using the same ratio of ingredients. The only difference is that each of the initial ingredients (ground coffee and water) are doubled.

Similarly, a triple shot is 3 ounces (90 ml), made with triple the volume or weight of the ingredients in a single shot. And a quad shot is 4 ounces. I guess you could go further (would that be a quint shot?), but I’ve never seen bigger than a quadruple espresso. If you need more caffeine, maybe buy stronger coffee beans or make a red eye coffee.

How many ounces is a Ristretto?

Ristrettos are made with the same amount of ground coffee as espresso, but with 0.4 ounces of water instead of the 1 ounce used in a standard shot. That changes the flavor, caffeine concentration, and volume of the final drink. A double ristretto is about the same volume as a shot of espresso.

Ristretto is very common in Australia, but less so in other countries. It serves as the base for various Australian drinks such as Piccolos and magic coffee.

2. Seven grammes of beans per cup is the industry standard for a single shot of espresso coffee. That is approximately 56 roasted coffee beans per shot of coffee (green beans weigh much more than roasted coffee beans).