The Difference Between Espresso And Classic Drip Coffee, Explained

If you’re a coffee drinker, chances are you already know what to order at your favourite coffee shop by heart. Still, you may be unsure of what it means when you request an additional shot of espresso in your drink, which is why we’re here to educate you. Espresso is made from the same beans as coffee but is served in shots rather than full mugs, in part due to its strength.

Espresso is created by forcing pressurised water through very finely ground coffee beans. This is why speciality espresso machine kitchen appliances are frequently quite expensive—but well worth the investment if you want to make the real thing. When an espresso shot is properly prepared, it will be topped with “crema,” the golden brown foam that forms the top of your beverage. This froth has a strong flavour, and some people prefer to incorporate it into their beverage.

Although espresso is made from the same beans as other types of coffee, the finished product is stronger, thicker, and more caffeinated than traditional drip coffee. However, because espresso is always served alone as a shot, one serving of espresso contains less caffeine than a serving of drip coffee. Espresso contains between 29 and 100 milligrammes of caffeine, while a standard cup of coffee contains between 80 and 200 milligrammes.

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