Yes, you’re a coffee aficionado, but you may have learned a term before fully understanding the meaning behind it. There’s no harm in that, and I’m here to tell you there are no embarrassing questions when it comes to coffee. So just what is the difference between coffee and espresso?
So wait, Isn’t Espresso Coffee? Yes, because coffee is the liquid extracted from the bean, not the preparation. You can get a good cup of espresso through a specific preparation of robusta or arabica coffee beans. Think about all the different ways you prepare coffee. There’s French press coffee, pour over coffee, stovetop percolator coffee, and more. So all espresso is coffee, but not all coffee is espresso. Espresso isn’t a different coffee bean, although roasters may have a special process for beans destined to become espresso. In fact, roasters may prefer to use high-quality robusta beans to add an extra kick of caffeine. When it comes down to it, the preparation of espresso is what really sets it apart. Other methods of brewing take time, because they rely on the slow filtering of hot water through your grounds. This means several minutes between you and a fresh cup of coffee. Espresso machines pressurise and shoot near-boiling water through finely ground coffee beans packed into cakes. This method gives you a complex, aromatic, and caffeine-packed shot of coffee in under thirty seconds. Of course, you don’t need a fancy machine. It just makes preparation easier and more accurate. So there’s nothing stopping you from learning how to make espresso without an espresso machine. Just remember it means extra work for you!