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What is a Doppio?

A doppio (pronounced dowยทpeeยทow) is another name for a double shot of espresso. The word “doppio” is Italian and translates to “double.”

Key Takeaways:

  • Doppio is Italian and means two espresso shots.
  • A doppio is the standard serving size of espresso.
  • It can be served either caffeinated or decaffeinated.
doppio espresso
Doppio Espresso | Source

Understanding Doppio Espresso

A doppio espresso is two shots of espresso, most commonly served in a demitasse cup. Along with a spoon, sugar cube, and shot glass filled with soda water, it’s a popular way to start your day. The soda water helps to clean your mouth of coffee breath.

Doppios are made without milk, sugar, or flavoring. Instead, they contain equal parts ground coffee and water. While it’s common for American milk-based espresso drinks to have two shots as a baseline, it’s common in Italy for people to drink a single shot of espresso as is.

A single shot of espresso is called a “solo” or single shot.

What’s the difference between a doppio and an espresso?

A double espresso and a doppio espresso are identical. Doppio is an Italian word that means “double.” In America and other English-speaking countries, asking for a “doppio” is a short-hand way of asking for a double espresso shot.

What does a doppio taste like?

Four main characteristics can be used to describe the taste of espresso: aroma, body, flavor, and finish.

Aroma: One of the first things you experience when you bring the cup to your mouth is the aroma.
Body: The espresso’s body (texture and mouthfeel) is the density of coffee on your tongue.1
Flavor: Espresso flavor is complex and depends on several factors, including the coffee roast profile and the beans’ origin.
Finish: The finish is the aftertaste that stays in your mouth after you’ve taken a sip of espresso.

What are variations to a doppio espresso?

doppio con panna in cup on counter

The most popular variation of the doppio espresso is the doppio con panna. Doppio con panna is an Italian word that, when translated, means “espresso topped with whipped cream.”
A solo con panna is a single shot of espresso topped with whipped cream.

A brief history of the doppio

In 1884, Angelo Moriondo2 from Turin, Italy, patented the first steam-powered coffee beverage-making device. However, while the French and the English had steam-powered coffee machines, none of them allowed the operator to control the amount of steam and water through the coffee grounds, like Moriondo’s design allowed. Years later, the design was improved, and espresso machines were mass-produced in Parini, Milan, in 1903.

Espresso Comparison Table

TypeNo. of ShotsOuncesCaffeine
Doppio con panna21.564mg
Ristretto vs. Espresso vs. Cortado vs. Lungo Comparison Table




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Kelsey may not know everything about coffee, but after two decades as a barista in Seattle and Santa Barbara, he knows a thing or two. When he's not obsessing over the perfect cup, you can find him hanging out with his wife and daughter or sharing his java gems on this here blog.

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