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What is a Double Espresso? Key Differences From a Single Espresso

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You may know what an espresso is, but do you know what a double espresso is? How many ounces is a double, how much caffeine does it have, and what’s the best way to order? We’ll answer all of these questions and more — so keep reading to learn all about double shot espresso. A double espresso is two shots of espresso, or 2 ounces and about 128 mg of caffeine.

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What’s a single espresso?

What is espresso?
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Before we get into a double espresso, we need to cover a regular shot of espresso. Espresso is concentrated coffee made by pushing pressurized hot water through densely packed (tamped) coffee grounds. It is rich, complex, and highly caffeinated. A single shot of espresso is usually one ounce and has 64 milligrams of caffeine.

What’s a double shot of espresso?

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A double espresso is typically exactly what it sounds like: two shots of espresso. That means about two ounces of espresso and 128 milligrams of caffeine.

How do you order a double espresso?

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Though you can simply ask for a double espresso, you will sound a little more knowledgeable if you use Italian. A double espresso is also called a “doppio,” which means double in Italian. Keep in mind that a double shot of espresso is often the norm at coffee shops, so you may not need to specify a double at all.

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Single vs Double Shots of Espresso: The Bottom Line

We hope this has answered your questions about espresso! A double espresso is a two-ounce shot containing about 128 milligrams of caffeine. You can call it a “doppio” if you want to sound like a coffee expert. Enjoy your double espresso!

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Kate MacDonnell

Kate is a lifelong coffee enthusiast and homebrewer who enjoys writing for coffee websites and sampling every kind of coffee known to man. She’s tried unusual coffees from all over the world and owns an unhealthy amount of coffee gear.

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