Espresso vs coffee is a hot topic and
attracts different opinions and misconceptions. The difference
between these two drinks is in the brewing process and grind of the
coffee beans. Coffee is said to have originated from Ethiopia in the
9th century, today, the drink is enjoyed in almost all corners of
the world. Since then, the way we make and drink coffee has evolved.
The following are differences between espresso vs coffee:
Espresso is a type of coffee. There are certain things you need to
consider in order to make a cup of espresso; these are: the water
temperature, coffee fineness as well as water pressure. Espresso is
made by compelling shots of near boiling water into very well ground
coffee beans making it much thicker and stronger than your ordinary
cup of coffee. Coffee on the other hand is a bit coarser than
espresso and is made by trickling the boiling water above the ground
Espresso beans vs Coffee beansThe difference between espresso vs coffee beans is a matter of
preference. Many times, the beans used to make the two drinks are
the same but some brands have longer roasted espresso beans which
makes them have a stronger flavor, darker color and oily look.
Espresso therefore has a finer grind unlike than that of normal
coffee. Espresso can still be brewed using your desired coffee bean.
Caffeine Levels:When comparing espresso vs coffee caffeine levels, a lot needs to be
considered. One is the variety of coffee bean used. There are two
varieties of coffee beans namely Robusta and Arabica; Robusta is
said to have twice the amount of caffeine found in Arabica. Another
thing to consider is the amount of coffee and espresso drunk.
Usually a cup of coffee is about 100mg while espresso which is taken
in tiny amounts is 30 to 50mg. That considered, it is obvious that a
cup of coffee will have about three times the amount of caffeine in
espresso but that would be an unfair way to compare because
comparison dictates the two items must be of the same size. If one
was to take espresso and coffee in same volumes then espresso would
have more caffeine but since one serving of coffee is larger than an
espresso serving then the cup of coffee has more caffeine. It is for
this reason that one is able to consume about 10 servings of
espresso in a day without becoming jumpy, taking in such amounts of
coffee servings would be almost impossible to handle.
Healthier OptionEspresso vs coffee health is yet another debate. Both have a wide
array of health benefits if consumed to the recommended daily
proportions. Telling which is healthier in the two is still a matter
under debate. The key property of coffee is caffeine so in terms of
health, consuming espresso is much healthier than coffee.
Researchers have also found that the acidity in coffee is more than
that in espresso. Another health factor to consider when consuming
both drinks is the additions which are sugar and cream, these two
disturb the health benefits of coffee drinks.
In conclusion, health benefits of both are many and ultimately it is
the taste that determines our preference. The love/hate relationship
is bound to go on for a long time between espresso vs coffee.