Espresso Anatomy – The Slayer Shot

It may sound intimidating...

but the Slayer shot is actually surprisingly gentle since it utilizes a considerable amount of low-pressure pre-infusion, and when I say considerable I mean essentially half the shot time; but I'm getting ahead of myself.

As you may already be aware there are many different forms of espresso, the classic double, the dense ristretto, and the juicy lungo, just to name a few. Yet, the list seems to always be growing as new and unique shot ideas hit the specialty coffee scene, and one of the newest is the Slayer shot. It gets its namesake from the Slayer espresso machines that are designed specifically to pull it off, using their needle valve flow control. But don't get it twisted, the Slayer shot can be done with any machine that has manual control of flow or pressure profiling.

So in this video I'm going to go over the basics of pulling a proper Slayer shot, how I modified it for my GS3 MP, and if its really worth all the hype it's been getting in coffee industry circles. So hit play on the video above and let's brew this!

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1 Comment

  1. […] featuring the Slayer shot there was quite a few comments asking for the next entry to be a deep dive into blooming espresso. […]


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