Coffee is my favorite drink because of its exquisite flavor and variety. There are so many ways to prepare this drink that sometimes we make it difficult to differentiate one from the other and even which one to choose.
Espresso vs. usual coffee. Have you ever asked yourself these questions?Are they two different types of coffee? What is the difference between espresso and usual coffee? Do we really use different types of coffee beans?
No, of course not! We are merely preparing it differently and with other models of coffee machines.
For most people, knowing and understanding between preparing a traditional coffee and how to prepare an espresso is usually a bit confusing, especially for those who are just starting in the world of coffee.
For example, I think that most people believe that to prepare a coffee with the traditional method and to prepare an espresso, you should use different coffee beans. And this is not true. You can use the same coffee bean, I do recommend buying fresh, freshly roasted quality coffee to prepare both methods.
What exactly is espresso coffee?
Its name already says it: an espresso is prepared instantly, tasted immediately, and provides a good dose of caffeine.
Espresso is a type of coffee originating in Italy and which owes its name to the coffee maker with which it is prepared (espresso machine).
It is also known as black coffee. It is characterized by its quick and easy preparation, as well as a more concentrated flavor and texture.
The result is a concentrate of no more than 30 ml of pure taste pleasure. This type of coffee is essential in all coffee shops because other drinks such as cappuccino or coffee with milk are obtained from this concentrate.
What makes them different?
Here I will show you some characteristics and differences between both.
This is the very dark part that you see at the bottom of your espresso.
This is the light brown center that joins the darkest parts of the coffee with the top layer of cream when they begin to mix together.
This is the perfectly defined creamy top layer of the espresso.
From the moment an espresso shot is poured, you have a very limited amount of time that you can enjoy. After just 10 seconds, these three distinct layers will begin to fade, impacting the flavor of the espresso.
Waiting too long to taste your espresso can be such a bad experience that you will forget why you asked for it.
What is filtered or drip coffee?
Espresso and filtered coffee basically have the same definition. The fundamental processes are the same: pour hot water onto the ground coffee, it passes through the particles in a chosen filter, and finally, this infusion falls into a container.
In filtered coffee, due to gravity, water drains through the coffee. And this causes the process of preparing it to be a little slower. On the other hand, in espresso, the water is pressed to enter the coffee, making its preparation faster.
This coffee is less acidic, and you can better appreciate the complex flavors of coffee. That is what makes it so popular in coffee shops because lovers of this elixir can better enjoy its taste and aroma.
Well-prepared filter coffee is clean, clear, and consistent. This is because more water absorbs coffee oils and fragrances in its own constant time and pressure, rather than by force. Besides, being less acidic, it causes a softer mouthfeel when compared to espresso.
How long do I prepare it?
This is the point against filter coffee, its preparation time. You should wait for about 1 to 2 minutes per cup. It doesn't seem like a long time, but believe me, when you're flying, it feels like forever.
Instead, the espresso should be prepared between 25 to 30 seconds. It is a super-fast way to get your cup of coffee. So its name, espresso.
Equipment for your preparation
When speaking of commercial premises, it is cheaper to invest in filter coffee extraction equipment than an espresso machine. This allows it to be a more profitable option. For filter coffee, you only need a dripper, filter paper, and of course, a cup. There is a range of drippers.
On the other hand, depending on your needs, a home espresso machine could save you a lot of money. But if it's for a business, it requires you to work with operating at enough pressure to produce good quality espresso.
An espresso machine, due to its large size, will take up more space on your counter and consume a lot of energy.
So, should I drink coffee or espresso?
It is not an easy question to answer, because many times I say: "Between tastes and flavors, the authors have not written."
If you choose filtered coffee, I will tell you that it is the best way to taste the nuances of a coffee. Which does not happen so brilliantly in an espresso.
If you are looking for speed, your best option is the espresso. As I said, an espresso coffee is prepared with an utterly pressurized method, and it results quickly and effectively to consume that dose of caffeine that your body is crying out for.
How do you like your coffee?
Since espresso is quite thick and syrupy, it gets along very well with milk. The creamy condition of the milk further highlights the sweetness of the espresso, and you can enjoy it in its delicious proposals: Cappuccinos, Cafe au Lait, Macchiato, and Lattes.
Compared to filter coffee, it tastes cleaner, milder, and less acidic, meaning it is commonly black. This allows you to appreciate its subtleties and clarity.
I have already shown you its characteristics and differences, but the decision is yours alone! Your decision to choose between a coffee or an espresso should be focused on your lifestyle and tastes. That is what is fascinating about coffee; it has different options to choose from.
Tell me ... have you decided yet?