|On the left, a regular espresso basket; on the right, a special, high-capacity version|
What he’s making happen this time is something big - he’s aiming to score a Guinness World Record for the strongest-ever espresso. Representatives from the company are due to arrive in Philadelphia to certify his claim within the next two to three weeks.
Espressos are usually made with seven to eight grams of finely ground coffee, resulting in one-and-a-half ounces of rich, creamy liquid. A double espresso is common, and contains 14-16 grams, made with twice as much water. Triples also exist. But Kobeitri is going for something different. He is pulling a single shot through a whopping 52 grams of coffee.
“You end up with a shot that’s almost entirely crema,” he explains, “It’s so thick you can eat your espresso with a spoon!” Though it sounds outrageous, we can personally attest that it actually works. And that - at least if you have Rene as your barista - it is delicious.
The 52-gram shot we sipped was less viscous than expected, but the most surprising thing was the total lack of bitterness. It almost slipped by without seeming like liquid - instead it was like inhaling coffee essence. If you’re an espresso fan, you might want to head to 9th and Federal to try the creation. You can’t get it anywhere else in the world... yet. After the Guinness certification, there are sure to be copycats (215-465-3515).