There are many kinds of coffee in the market. The wide variety of coffee can answer to many people’s call for different flavors that will satiate their thirst for something new. The world of coffee is not as simple as it seem. This beverage can be served in many different ways so people won’t easily be bored by it.
People in the past tend to assume that coffee is only served in one way: by brewing it with hot water. But as history unfolds, more and more ways have been learned by coffee enthusiasts so that they can heighten the experience with this drink. Coffee lovers learned to serve this cold like in the case of iced coffee. They also learned to prepare decaf coffee, or serving it without caffeine. And of course people also gained the knowledge and skill to make espresso coffee. But what really is espresso coffee and how does it differ from the regular way of serving coffee?
Espresso is a coffee variant that is prepared by using high pressure brew settings. The term espresso may generally come from the word “express” because espresso is made with a fast process. The short time of making espresso is made feasible by the help of espresso machines that can operate up to 15 ATM (or atmospheres) that will force hot water through the fine ground coffee beans. The coffee beans that are used to make espresso are a lot finer than the ones used for regular coffee. Using extra fine beans would make extracting flavor a lot easier and faster. Because of the process used in making this kind of coffee, espresso is much more concentrated and filled with flavor, thus, giving you more satisfaction. An espresso contains much more caffeine than the regular ones and this is the reason why they are served in smaller portions.
An espresso coffee blend is frequently used as base for more complicated variants such as latte, cappuccino, macchiato, and mocha. These coffee blends are enjoyed by many coffee lovers as they are conventionally delicious and satisfying. The fact that espresso can help in making these blends just proves that this coffee variant is indeed very valuable.
Espresso making is usually done by an expert coffeehouse worker as it is difficult for a typical home brewer to perform it perfectly. Also, the equipments that are best appropriate for espresso brewing are the ones used by coffee shops. Because of this, espresso was eventually referred to as a “social experience” because it was usually served only in coffeehouses.