What is Doppio, Pros & Cons – Ultimate Guide for Doppio Lovers

You may not have heard of the word doppio unless you really know your coffee. But doppio is just Italian for double. Doppio coffee is essentially a double shot of espresso. It is also known as the standard double. However, this word has become a bit old fashioned since in many coffee places (outside of Italy) the standard shot is the double shot as there are some practical benefits to brewing a doppio.

What is Doppio?

A single espresso shot is 1 ounce of liquid made from 8 grams of ground coffee. When you double that to 2 ounces of liquid from 16 grams of ground coffee you get a doppio. Simple. Since a single shot uses less coffee it is more difficult to pack it evenly into the portafilter. Making a doppio allows baristas to get more consistent high quality shots.

Texture and Taste of Doppio

Doppio is thicker and concentrated coffee. The main ingredients are water and coffee. Depending on the roast and the coffee bean that has been used to make the espresso you can get a wide variety of flavor profiles from chocolatey to spiced to floral. The flavor and consistency also depends on the brewing ratio and temperature used by the barista.

How Much Caffeine is in a Cup of Doppio

A double shot of espresso which is around 2 fluid ounces has an approximate caffeine of around 120 mg. But this number can vary greatly depending on the place, type of coffee beans used and the brew. The range starts from somewhere around 25 mg of caffeine to upto 214 mg.

How to Make Doppio

First step is to grind coffee into a sand-like texture and fill it into your machine’s portafilter. Then tamp it as evenly as you can. Time your shots even if you have an automatic machine. And then experiment with your technique until you get it perfect.

Types of Doppio Makers

A good espresso machine can range from a 100m bucks and go upto 7 grand. It all depends on your requirements and whether you need it for domestic use or commercial.

Pros and Cons of Doppio

Here’s what’s good and what’s bad about doppio:


  • Coffee is a great antioxidant
  • It may help in losing weight
  • It keeps you focused and alert
  • It may boost your immunity
  • Espresso has a lot of nutritional benefits like niacin and riboflavin


  • It can be dangerous if consumed abundantly in a short duration
  • Espresso may exacerbate or cause insomnia
  • It can make you restless and overstimulate your nerves
  • Espresso machines can be expensive.
  • It can take time to learn how to make a good doppio

Doppio vs Espresso

Espresso is a black coffee that is brewed in a certain way. It is made by pulling high pressure water through condensed fine grinds in order to extract a highly concentrated coffee shot. A single shot of espresso is called a solo while a double shot is called a doppio and developed because it was the maximum amount that could practically be extracted on lever espresso machines.

Benefits of Having Doppio

Double the amount means double the caffeine which means more energy to jumpstart your day or as a pick me up anytime you need it. For coffee lovers an espresso is coffee.

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