Word of Mouth: God Shot

Word of Mouth: God Shot

Emma Christensen
Jan 5, 2011

God Shot, noun: The most perfect shot of espresso you've ever made or tasted.

This is no mere shot of espresso grabbed and gulped on your way to work. This is the one espresso that is so perfect that it changes the way you think about coffee. Have you ever had one?

I once had a god shot at Stumptown Coffee in Portland, Oregon, though I didn't know to call it that at the time. In fact, I didn't know much about coffee at all back then, and I had only just discovered that I liked drinking coffee black. That morning, I was feeling fancy and slightly adventurous, so I ordered an espresso.

I remember that I took one sip and my eyebrows lifted. I remember that it was unlike any other coffee or espresso I had ever tasted, as complex and interesting as a glass of good wine. It was smooth and almost creamy. Utterly delicious.

Now, I don't know if this was technically a god shot by barista and coffee connoisseur standards. But it was definitely a god shot for me. That espresso has become my standard by which all other espressos are judged. It definitely changed the way I thought about coffee.

What's your "god shot" story?

Related: What is the Best Way To Make Coffee At Home?

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