What is Doppio Espresso (All You Wanna Know!) 

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Johny Morrisson

Espresso is a beloved beverage among coffee lovers, and for those seeking a truly supreme experience, the doppio espresso offers a more elevated option.

A doppio espresso is essentially a double shot of espresso as the term “Doppio” means double in Italian. While a solo shot of espresso contains 1 ounce of coffee, a doppio espresso contains 2 ounces of concentrated coffee brewed using about 14-18 grams of finely ground beans.

If you want a change in your caffeine intake, hook up with this doppio guide to know everything about this magical espresso shot.  

Doppio Espresso

What is the Difference between Doppio and Espresso

The main difference is Doppio is made with twice the amount of coffee grounds and water as a solo shot. The result is the same concentrated taste and thicker texture but increased serving size.

So we can say, a doppio is simply two shots of Espresso.

Type of Espresso Coffee Grounds
Brewed Shot
Solo Espresso07 – 09 15-2530 
Doppio Espresso14 – 1830-4560 

Read a detailed guide on single vs double Espresso shot

How to make Doppio Espresso

Here comes the exciting part of brewing the perfect double shot of espresso.  

ingredients for Doppio Espresso   

  • Water (30-45ml)  
  • Coffee Grinder 
  • Coffee (14-18gm) 
  • Espresso Machine
  • Double Portafilter basket 
  • Additional flavors (Chocolate syrup, whipped cream, milk etc)

Step 1Clean the Grinder and Portafilter 

Clean the grinder thoroughly and Swab the portafilter with a dry cloth. 

Step 2: Grind Coffee beans  

Take the dark or medium roast espresso coffee beans. The quantity of coffee beans for doppio is double the usual espresso shot. Take 14-18 grams of coffee beans.  

For a perfect shot, the Grind size matters a lot! make sure to use fine grind size

Step 3: Fill the Portafilter 

Fill in the ground coffee in a portafilter. Level the surface of the grounds at the top of the portafilter. Press with the tamper to pack the coffee grounds  

Tamping the coffee grounds is very important for brewing a perfect shot. 

Make sure to use the double Espresso portafilter basket with a capacity of 14-20 grams, not a single one!

Step 4:  Brew the Coffee  

Now, add water to the machine, fix the portafilter in the group head, and press the Brew button.

The doppio shot will start pouring into your cup. Stop the brewing when the blonde brown layer of crema appears at the top. It should take around 25-30 seconds.

Enjoy! this perfectly brewed shot of Double Espresso.

There are different ways to enjoy doppio shots like adding chocolate syrup, whipped cream, milk, or ice. Or you can enjoy the original double shot as it is! 

What does Doppio taste like 

A doppio espresso tastes quite similar to a regular solo espresso, just amplified. With twice the amount of coffee brewed, it offers an extended version of espresso’s signature bold, slightly acidic flavor and thick, velvety mouthfeel.

A doppio Espresso is a very strong and concentrated coffee drink and contains 120-133 mg of caffeine per serving.

Typically, due to its larger volume, it’s not often consumed on its own but rather used as the base for various espresso-based drinks like lattes and cappuccinos, where its concentrated coffee flavors complement other elements in the beverage.

Doppio espresso can vary in flavor depending on the beans used and the roast level, but a well-made espresso should be rich and creamy, with a strong aroma and a long-lasting flavor.

What’s the difference between doppio and lungo

The difference between a Lungo and a Double Espresso lies in the brewing process. A Lungo is made by passing double the amount of water through the same amount of coffee grounds (7-9 grams) as a solo espresso shot. On the other hand, a Double Espresso maintains the same brewing ratios, taste, and intensity as a solo shot, but with twice the volume.

Lungo is brewed for a longer duration, typically around 40 seconds, which results in a larger serving size (around 2-3 oz) and a milder taste with a hint of bitterness.

So while both drinks contain extra liquid, a lungo is a diluted yet bitter espresso while a double espresso has the same rich flavor amplified.


The difference between Doppio and Americano

Americano coffee is prepared by diluting a shot of espresso with hot water, resulting in a milder flavor that is more reminiscent of traditional drip coffee.

In essence, an Americano is a less concentrated version of a doppio with added hot water.

Typically, a 2/3rd quantity of hot water is poured over a double espresso shot to make an Americano.


Final Thoughts

Doppio espresso gives a good taste and magical aroma. You can revive your energy with a perfect this perfect double espresso shot

It also works as a base for other coffee drinks like iced espresso, Latte, Cappuccino Americano, and many more. The best way to begin your day is the recipe of Doppio you found here! 

how many calories are in a double espresso?

A double espresso typically contains about 5 to 6 calories when served as it is.
However, the addition of Milk or sweeteners can considerably increase the calorie count.

is double espresso bad for you?

Drinking double espresso in moderation is perfectly safe for most people. While it contains roughly double the caffeine of a solo shot, around 120-133mg, this is not considered harmful.
However, excessive consumption of caffeine can lead to side effects like insomnia, jitters, and increased heart rate.
Read How much Espresso is too much

how much should double espresso weigh?

A double espresso should ideally weigh double the amount of coffee grounds used. For instance, if you’ve used 16 grams of coffee, your double espresso should weigh around 32 grams.
Keep in mind that the volume will be slightly more, typically around 60 ml, due to the crema layer on top.

Johny Morrison is a founder and content creator at Coffee About. He knows everything there is to know about coffee and loves sharing his passion with others.

You can often find him sipping a single-origin pour-over, rich French press, or pulling espresso shots at home. Johny loves full-bodied dark roasts – the bolder, the better!

As a former barista, he takes coffee equipment seriously and enjoys experimenting with the latest gear. When he’s not brewing or blogging, Johny is scouting local cafes for his next coffee fix.

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