Dish of the Day: Ristretto
Feeling tired or sleepy? Get yourself a cup of ristretto to freshen you up with the essence of the Italian style coffee brew in its full richness and body.
What is Ristretto
A ristretto is a short shot of espresso coffee with normal amounts of coffee beans with half the water needed in the same amount of time. It is pulled from an espresso machine with the same process as a regular espresso. What makes ristretto different from the regular espresso are in three differences which are quantity, taste and caffeine levels.
Ristretto, in Italian, means restricted and it is meant quite literally. A ristretto, is in fact, a restricted version of espresso. To put it simply, when you are ordering a cup of ristretto at your nearest coffee shop, you are asking for the barista to limit the volume of espresso by half without compromising on the caffeine amount.
Since less water is used and is overall, a less pull than espresso, the drink is slightly sweeter and less bitter. The colour of ristretto is between dark chocolate and umber. The opposite of a ristretto is a lungo, which is double the shot of espresso. Lungo, in Italian, means long.
Shots of ristrettos are enjoyed in a demitasse. Traditionally, a ristretto is drunk straight. It has been described as bolder, fuller and less bitter. However, many coffee shops have started to use ristretto in milk-based drinks like cappuccino, flat white and latte. It makes for sweeter milk-based drinks.
Your choice of coffee depends on your own personal taste. If you prefer drinks that are less bitter, you are sure to enjoy ristretto. However, if you prefer the bitter taste, then an espresso is the perfect choice for you.
Nutritional Information For Ristretto
A nice quality cup of ristretto contains as little as one calorie. Since it is low in calories, it is perfect for those aiming to lose weight.
It is completely guilt-free, and it is a great choice for a pick-me-up when you need a boost. It has also been shown that drinking ristretto can help improve memory and information recall.
However, you need to be mindful of your consumption. It is recommended to avoid drinking caffeine-filled beverages during late nights to avoid disrupting our sleep patterns.
Where To Find Ristretto In Malaysia
Ristretto is available at most coffee shops and cafés. Try visiting some of the shops in the list below!
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Article Written By Anna
Anna is an absolute foodie, and lives by the motto that food is happiness. She is a writer by day and a gamer by night. She believes that good food comes from all over and is constantly amazed by the passion and dedication it takes to make food that warms the soul.