Coffee Beans Vs Espresso Beans…Crucial Differences
The reason most cafés rather than just pulling a shot of that light roast third wave coffee, make use of a special espresso blend or coffee bean varies for a number of reasons.
The purpose of this video is to provide an overview of the extraction principles behind espresso brewing, and the reasons why certain coffees are better suited for this method of brewing coffee.
There is what I refer to as an “espresso paradox”.Additionally, there are a number of reasons why espresso beans can differ from regular coffee beans.
Espresso beans are always roasted darker than any other type of coffee beans.
People have progressively come to expect a distinct ‘espresso flavor’ which is hard to replicate with a standard coffee bean.
If you intend to make a milk-based drink, such as a latte or cappuccino, you will need to use an espresso of a darker roast to cut through the creaminess of the milk. Keeping this in mind is very important!
Despite the fact that single origin coffee has become the preferred choice when it comes to pour over coffee, espresso blends continue to remain quite popular.
In order to reduce the costs associated with single origin coffee, it becomes more attractive to blend coffees from countries such as Brazil and Indonesia that have cheaper coffees to offer in the blend.
Are Espresso Beans and Coffee Beans the Same?
Yes, they actually are! What you drink is either Robusta coffee or Arabica coffee. Regardless of what type of coffee you prepare—including espresso—this holds true regardless of the type of drink you create. Espresso beans are simply coffee beans that have been roasted deeper, ground finer, and ready to be ground into espresso through a machine or an Aeropress.
When you’re browsing the coffee aisle at your local grocery store, you might notice some bags labeled “Espresso.” Contrary to popular belief, that espresso label doesn’t refer to the beans themselves. The difference between espresso and “regular” coffee isn’t actually the bean itself but the way the bean is roasted and then brewed.
The espresso drink is prepared by pumping a high pressure stream of hot water through ground coffee beans at high temperatures. The effect is to create a shot of strong, intense coffee. Two major differences between espresso and coffee can be seen in the definition of the processes used: The brewing process and the grind.
Espresso is actually coffee, but it is prepared differently compared to regular brewed coffee in the United States.
Espresso Vs Coffee: Differences in Roasting
The coffee beans in espresso machines are typically roasted further and darker than those that are meant to be used in drip coffee machines.
Most people think of drip coffees as being made from light, medium, or medium-dark roasted coffee beans, so when you think of American coffee, you think of these types of beans.
The espresso bean is usually roasted for a longer period of time than regular coffee, usually after the first crack, so that it develops a toasted, and more complex flavor. In addition, the beans are also roasted for a longer period of time, so the acidity and moisture content of the beans are taken away whilst more oil is released. Therefore, it has a heavier, fuller mouth feel.
Learn more about the different coffee roasts here.
In general, when you find a bag of whole coffee beans labelled with the word espresso, that means that the roaster said that the beans were roasted to the espresso roast level.
Fine or Coarse Grind?
The grind of coffee used for an espresso is normally much finer than the grind of other types of coffee. The reason for this is that the process of making espresso requires that hot water be forced through tightly packed grounds. The grounds of the coffee for espresso need to be very fine, similar to the texture of sand, since the water will come into contact with the grounds for a shorter period of time.
A variety of ground coffee beans is available in many grocery stores. If you spot the term “espresso” on a bag of ground coffee beans, it means the beans are ground to a fine espresso grind and that they have been roasted to an espresso point.
All About The Brewing Process
A French press, drip coffee maker, percolator, and some other methods can be used by you to make a regular cup of coffee. There is, however, a specific type of brewing process that should be followed when making espresso. It is important to note that an espresso machine is required in order to prepare a shot or two (1-2oz) of a concentrated espresso.
It is impossible to make real espresso with an ordinary coffee pot. A high level of pressure is necessary in order to ensure that the extraction process truly works.
There is some skill involved in making espresso. You also need the right tools for the job. However, this does not mean you cannot learn at home! When you get a handle on it, you’ll have café-quality espresso right in the comfort of your own home every morning. Read this Wirecutter article on making espresso at home and discover how to do so for yourself.
Flavor – More Robust Than Coffee
Since espresso coffee is roasted, ground, and brewed differently, it’s got a totally different taste from regular drip coffee. The flavor is usually bolder, with a slightly less acidic taste and a well-rounded, and full-bodied finish.
I find that the taste is “stronger,” meaning that it is more rich in coffee flavor than is coffee brewed in a drip machine. The roasting process is particularly responsible for bringing out more oils in the beans, which is why they can often have a rich, thick texture.
Which Has More Caffeine? Espresso or Coffee?
I can assure you that it is a myth that espresso has more caffeine than drip coffee. Contrary to popular belief, the opposite is true! Coffee brewed directly from the drip pot has more caffeine than espresso, on average. The reason for this is because espresso beans are roasted for longer than lighter or medium roasts, so a lot of the caffeine burns away during this process.
Yet, espresso still contains a high amount of caffeine per ounce. The caffeine content of one ounce of espresso is roughly equivalent to the caffeine content of one cup of drip coffee (eight to ten ounces). The amount of caffeine you would get from drinking 8 ounces of espresso would cause you to be overloaded with your daily dose of caffeine as well! While a standard single espresso shot is normally 1 ounce, a normal drip coffee serving is generally 8 to 10 ounces.
Is It Possible To Use Lighter Coffee Beans To Make Espresso?
Consider the case in which you’re in a tough spot. Your only source of coffee is medium roast at home, but you can’t wait to make an espresso drink made with your home espresso machine. Is the medium roast able to be used for espresso?
Yes, that is fine! When it comes to creating the perfect cup of java, there are no rules when it comes to experimenting. Compared to a dark or espresso roast, the medium roast will not taste as strong or rich, however you can still grind it up really fine to obtain the right consistency to be used for espresso brewing.
It is possible to do so, but it is not an ideal solution. During our testing, we found that a medium roast paired with a medium coarseness was unable to produce an espresso. There is a possibility that it might taste watered down or weak.