Sometimes we got really confused with all of the coffee types out there, especially if you’re new in exploring the magical world of coffee. But don’t worry, we’re here to guide you as we cover most of the coffee types and their brewing process, components, and even their characteristics. In this article, we’ll be covering one of the most loved coffee this 2020, the Espresso.
What is an Espresso?
Espresso is the concentrated coffee with foamy bubbles topped with sweet brown crema to complement its taste. It is made from the Arabica Coffee bean added with some of Robusta coffee beans. The Robusta beans contain higher caffeine than the latter that can create a great espresso shot.
Espresso is more of a product of Dark roasted coffee beans that produces strong and concentrated beverages. So, espresso is still coffee, but the difference lies in the brewing process.
Process of Brewing A Shot of Espresso
Most of the methods used in brewing other types of coffee took a longer time than making espresso. It usually takes time when filtering the coffee, while you can enjoy your espresso for only 30 seconds. This brewing process started in Italy, which they called espresso that means express.
The shot of this type of coffee relies more on the pressure from the espresso machine. The finely ground coffee beans are pressed down as the espresso machine used pressure to force near-boiling temperature water.
Characteristics of Espresso shot
Since it only takes seconds to make the crema-topped coffee. The caffeine in this coffee is only half of the regular brewed. The coffee flavor is intense, as well as its aroma since it is highly concentrated. Espresso is not called espresso without its crema on top, which blends in with the strong flavor of the coffee.
Espresso is known for its bubbles or foamy top that are formed during the brewing process. It is formed when the carbon dioxide from the roasting process went out of the beans. It happened when the coffee beans are exposed to too much pressure. Then, some chemical reactions occur during the process that leads to forming bubbles or foam that could last for almost 40 minutes.
Components of Espresso Shot
Unlike your regular coffee, espresso is served on a small cup that has about 60 mg of caffeine. This means that a shot won’t harm you, but more than several shots might cause a problem. The caffeine in the espresso and other coffee are sometimes helpful and have lots of benefits, but consuming more than what you could take is harmful.
Types of Espresso Shots
Yes, Espresso has variations too. Although they just differ from the number of ounces per shot.
This is a shot that contains two ounces of espresso, making it 60 ml, a double-shot.
Adding one shot to doppio, which makes it three ounces of espresso makes the ristretto.
A more concentrated type of doppio with two ounces.
It is not the giant coffee macchiato though, it is a classic version of double shot espresso along with foamed milk.
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Can you now distinguish the coffee espresso on your next coffee escapade? You can follow our next update for more of this coffee types overview.