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A single shot of Espresso.

Espresso is a concentrated coffee beverage that is brewed by forcing hot water through finely-ground coffee beans. It typically is brewed at a pressure of over 9 atmospheres. It's known for its strong and bold flavor, and is the basis for many different recipes. To make espresso, the barista uses an espresso machine, which pressurizes the water and forces it through the grounds. Espresso is often used as the base for various drinks like cappuccinos, lattes, and macchiatos. In the traditional preparation of espresso, a single shot (known as a "solo") utilizes 7 grams of finely ground espresso beans, resulting in approximately 30 milliliters of espresso, which is roughly equivalent to 1 fluid ounce.