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Coffee vs Espresso - What's The Difference?

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espresso-1.jpgWhile both of these beverages may look similar in appearance, there are some notable differences between a traditional cup of coffee and a cup of espresso. A lot of people assume that espresso contains a higher caffeine content simply because of its name, but this isn't the case. If you are interested in learning more about these delicious wake-me-up beverages, keep reading and we'll take a closer look at the comparisons between coffee and espresso.

Espresso

You might be surprised to learn that espresso is made using regular coffee beans (ground more finely). What makes it different, though, is the method of which it's made. Espresso machines force extremely hot water at high pressure (15 ATM) through a blend of finely ground coffee beans. As the hot water passes through the coffee, it pulls the flavor out of the bean, creating the "drip" that falls into the cup. Espressos come in a wide variety of flavors and blends. In general, it takes more coffee beans but less time to make a cup of espresso.

Coffee

As you may already know, coffee is made by placing ground coffee beans into a filter where hot water passes over it. Unlike the espresso method, hot water used to make coffee isn't pressurized, but instead it flows out a normal pace to slowly create the beverage. It's a slower process than making a cup of espresso, but it also allows for a greater amount of beverage to be made.

So, how much of a caffeine difference is there between coffee and espresso? It really depends on a number of factors, such as the type of coffee bean, serving size, filtration, etc. On average, though, you can expect about about 100-150% more caffeine from a standard cup of coffee over a standard cup of espresso. Remember, though, espresso is generally served in smaller cups than coffee. So, you might actually get more caffeine by drinking a full cup of coffee instead.

Hopefully, this will article will give you a better understanding on the differences between coffee and espresso. These are two of the most popular morning-time beverages in the world. While they may look and even taste the same to some people, there are some huge differences that you shouldn't overlook. Espresso is made using high-pressure and usually results in a more foamy beverage, while coffee is made using a slow drip method that results in a stronger, more caffeinated taste. So, the next time you are stuck choosing between these morning beverages, just remember what we've covered in this article.