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Not only is an espresso one of the most commonly ordered coffees in the world, but it’s also the foundation for most other popular coffees, including the cappuccino and the long black. In other words, before you master any other drink as a barista, you should be mastering the espresso!

There are a number of factors that influence the taste of espresso at the end of the brewing process. In this lesson, 2013 World Barista Champion Pete Licata explains how the distribution of coffee grounds in the portafilter impacts extraction.

Learn hospitality skills for today’s world, including:

  • The roles that distribution plays in the flavor of the espresso
  • How to ensure a balanced density of coffee grounds in the portafilter
  • How to test if coffee grounds are even in the portafilter

Baristas, nail your espresso-making technique with help from a world champion!


Pete Licata

World Barista Champion Pete Licata has worked in every facet of the coffee industry. He now runs a coffee consulting business and trains competition baristas.

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