While espresso is also a form of coffee, it requires some certain principals to follow in order to achieve what we can call a proper cup of espresso. The main difference with normal coffee is that regular coffee is prepared by mixing running hot water through it and the coffee does not require to be finely ground and are normally put in a filter in a machine. But unlike normal coffee machine, an espresso machine works in an altogether different way and the main principal is quite different from that of normal coffee. Though the base is the same in both the cases, there is a certain way that an espresso machine works and we are going to have a look at this in detail.
The main difference between a normal coffee machine and an espresso machine lies in the preparation method and the quality of coffee beans used in them. An espresso machine requires freshly roasted beans in order to make a shot of rich flavored espresso. Typically, an espresso machine can have a jar on top where you can store the roasted whole beans in them and when required, the machine would grind coffee beans from there. Some detailed product does this separately where you have the grinder and the coffee maker separately, but these types of machines are normally used by the professional coffee shops and requires a larger space.
An espresso maker has a designated pot where water is heated to a high temperature and steam also builds along with it. Because the steam cannot go out, the pressure increases inside. There is typically a light on the panel of the machine which would indicate once the water inside has reached the optimum level. Once water is heated accordingly, you need to pour freshly and finely ground coffee in the adjacent basket and gently tamp it down. Then you need to attach it to the designated spot and tighten it properly.
After doing this, a button is to be pressed which would release the pressurized water inside the tank which already reached to the optimum temperature and it would go through the tamped coffee ground with force and and you would get a sticky, dark drown substance dripping from the nozzle. This is rich with flavor and the aroma is unmatched. This dripped out coffee extract is called espresso which is used in making milk based coffee recipes such as cappuccino and latte. They are drenched in milk and if you do not use espresso in them, the smell or flavor of coffee may altogether vanish which would not give you the espresso you want.
In some espresso machines, you don’t need to fill out the coffee basket manually nor do you have to tamp it. All of these are done by the machine itself and all you have to do is to pour fresh roasted coffee beans in the top jar. These types machines are normally used at home since it requires less space which makes them ideal.
A lot of us drink coffee every day. Actually, these days, we can’t even imagine a single day without coffee since it contains caffeine and it helps with the kick start to our day. It washes away the drowsiness and makes us feel better rested. If you happen to drink coffee every day, you must have questioned yourself what is the real deal about coffee and espresso, right? Or you might have even questioned at some point whether or not coffee beans or espresso beans are the same. Well, in this discussion, you will not only find this answer, but will also learn a thing or two about these amazingly useful beans.
If you ask from the ‘origin’ point of view, then yes, coffee beans and espresso beans are actually the same. They are made from exactly the same kind of beans and the beans that you see in an espresso machine or in a normal coffee brewing machine have the same origin. Both of them grow in the same plant and both of them are used for making coffee. Now you might ask, then what is the real difference then? You might as well use the normal coffee beans in an espresso machine and would get the same result, after all, they look almost the same, right? Well, there’s catch to this and that’s why coffee beans and the espresso beans are never the same.
While they might grow in the exact same plant, but the treatment they get actually differs and that determines what the beans are going to be- whether they would be used in an espresso machine or whether they would be used in a normal brewing machine. The normal coffee beans are roasted before packing, but the espresso beans get a far more extra roast than the normal coffee beans which gives them a shiny look. This extra amount of roasting enables them to deliver the desired foamy texture as well as the deep, rich flavor that you long for in espresso.
As espresso is used to make the most popular coffee based drinks such as the cappuccino and latte. Because they are dairy based drinks, the smell of the espresso gets diluted a lot so if the beans you are using does not have a rich and strong flavor, there would be no trace of the actual smell of coffee in the end product since the added milk and foam would dilute them a bit too much. This is why espresso is used, to ensure the flavor is strong enough to withstand the dairy. It is important that you use only espresso while making any such milk based coffee preparation because normal ground coffee would never give you the same result as the espresso would.
Now that you know the real difference between the normal coffee beans and the espresso beans, you would never try making a cappuccino or latte with normal coffee beans again because that would ruin the flavor completely. Now the difference is more than clear and you can stop wondering if you’re using your beans the “right” way, though in the grand scheme of things it’s not that big of a deal.
Coffee, as we know it, has a lot of variations and sometimes it is way more confusing than it sounds. There are a lot of different preparation methods when it comes to coffee – namely espresso, black coffee, latte, cappuccino etc. and all of these have one base as constant – the coffee beans. Adding different portions of water, milk or foamed milk makes the real difference and the flavor also depends on the amount of coffee and milk ratio. Today we are going to take a deeper look to understand two very commonly used terms in the coffee universe- Espresso and Coffee, as we try to understand if they are the same thing or if there is any difference between them. And if there is, what are they and how do you distinguish them from one to another? Let’s dive deeper into this discussion.
Espresso, is normally the black and strong coffee which is made from grinding and roasting coffee beans directly. The birthplace of espresso is in the Arabian peninsula. There is no form of dairy added in it and it is prepared by forcing high pressure steam through freshly and finely ground coffee beans. Espresso is commonly known for its rich flavor and taste. The content of caffeine in an espresso normally varies from 40-75 mg per one ounce of serving while the amount of caffeine really depends on the quality of beans and roasting. Espresso is mainly used for making milk based coffee preparation such as lattes and cappuccinos. Since these coffee preparations are mainly milk based, the bold taste of coffee is diluted by a great deal by milk and hence require coffee extract with rich flavor which only espresso has.
Normal coffee, on the other hand, is more of a traditional pour over kind of coffee which you can make by simply mixing it with hot water and required amount of milk if you prefer. There is no intricate process to follow for this and the it is pretty plain and simple. Regular coffee is more popular for making instant coffee and the caffeine count is comparably less compared to espresso as well. This method of preparation is much older compared to espresso as it has its advent in the 9th century AD whereas espresso was invented much later in the 16th century AD. Though this kind of coffee is also used in making espressos and lattes, often the flavor is not as desired due to the lower quality and roasting time of the beans used in making instant coffee powder. But nevertheless, for a truly quick cup of joe, regular coffee has got to be the best option.
Now that we have gone over the differences between normal coffee and espresso, you’ll be able to make the different kinds of drinks the “right way” at home if you so please. Not only that, but some people actually prefer the boldness of espresso so this would surely help you out if you are one of those people.
You might drink a cup of espresso everyday, but do you know why you like it so much? Have you ever thought about if the espresso you are drinking has any health benefits at all? Apart from the fact that everyone knows espresso contains caffeine, you probably don’t have an idea about its other attributes because it’s really not that widely discussed. Apart from its ability to help us kick start our day, espresso has a lot more to offer to us and here is a total list on why espresso is good for you. Let’s check this out!
First and the foremost, espresso contains caffeine. Many studies have shown that intake of caffeine at a certain level regularly helps to boost your energy. It also helps to reduce the drowsiness that you feel when you wake up in the morning. Also, espresso is normally made from freshly roasted coffee beans so the caffeine that you intake along with any espresso based drink is quite hygienic compared to most other coffee brews.
If you didn’t know, espresso reduces the chance of having diabetes by a great deal. Diabetes is a curse and it’s always advised to take preventative measure against it like following a proper diet. A study conducted by Harvard University shows that people who drink an average of 5-6 cups of espresso every day, has a much less chance of having type 2 diabetes. In fact, the study revealed that male who used to drink 5-6 cups of espresso has a 54% less chance of having type 2 diabetes whereas females have a 30% less chance of the same. This is surely a surprising discovery that we can use to our advantage!
Espresso and coffee also helps for prevention of developing Parkinson’s disease as you grow older. A recent study shows that people who drink 4-5 cups of coffee/espresso everyday has a staggering 50% less chance of developing the disease compared to the people who drink little or no coffee at all on a regular basis. Though it is not a complete preventative measure, it is also known to put off the onset of Parkinson’s as well, meaning it will come later in age. The fact that caffeine is a great preventative measure of this disease has been well known for the past 50+ years.
Heart disease is another killer involved in lives lost all too often. Every year, a lot of people die and suffer from some kind of heart disease or the other and the numbers are increasing at an alarming rate. A recent study done by the Scottish Heart Health on 11,000 people aged between 40 and 59 has revealed that drinking espresso or coffee regularly helps to make people less vulnerable to any kind of heart disease. With the help of caffeine intake, they run a lower risk of dying from a heart disease compared to those who do not have any caffeine whatsoever.
All these benefits doesn’t have to mean that you have to start your espresso drink spree right now. Like every other thing, excessive intake of espresso or coffee may have some negative impact on your body such as constipation or dehydration. Always be conscious when it comes to the intake of caffeine.