What You’ll Need

  • Espresso Machine
  • Grinder
  • Timer
  • Tamper
  • 18g Coffee
  • Scale
  • Small Cup or Demitasse
  • Rag


Extremely Fine (Confectioner's Sugar)

Total Brew Time

24-30 seconds
Espresso machine

Step 1

Prep Machine

Purge water through the grouphead with your portafilter inside to make sure the machine is hot and ready.

Water is purged from an espresso machine

Step 2

Weigh and Grind

Remove the portafilter and wipe the basket with a rag to remove any moisture. Place it on the scale and tare it to zero. Weigh out and grind 18g of coffee on an extremely fine grind, like that of confectioner’s sugar, directly into the portafilter.

Portafilter is removed from an espresso machine

Step 3


Using your finger, level out the coffee in the portafilter. Glide your finger across in smooth motions to distribute coffee evenly, avoiding pressing any coffee down. Fill all cracks along the edges, without losing any coffee.

Coffee is leveled in a portafilter

Step 4

Tamp Coffee

Lay your portafilter on a clean, flat surface and place the tamper directly on top of the grounds. Apply pressure downwards, tamping the coffee and making sure the coffee bed is level. Avoid any sort of twisting while tamping or after tamping, and be mindful not to knock your portafilter on anything to avoid creating cracks in your coffee bed.

Coffee is tamped in a portafilter

Step 5

Pull Your Shot

Prep your shot glass/demitasse on your scale and tare out the weight. Insert the portafilter into the grouphead and immediately put your scale with the demitasse underneath the portafilter. Turn on your grouphead to activate the brewing and start your timer at the same time.

A shot is pulled in an espresso machine

Step 6


Once your espresso weight reaches 34g turn off your grouphead immediately and stop your timer at the same time. Your final weight of the espresso shot should be close to 36g. Extraction should take 24-30 seconds to complete. Stir your espresso before sipping to dissipate the crema and evenly distribute the sediments.

An espresso shot is extracted

Step 7

Troubleshooting Tips

If the shot time was over 30 seconds or tastes bitter, grind coarser and try again.
If the shot time was under 24 seconds or tastes sour, grind finer and try again.

Espresso shot sitting next to an espresso machine
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