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For years I’ve been low-key wondering what’s the difference between espresso and drip coffee other than the former having a load more caffeine.
As it turns out, the difference between espresso and drip coffee is more than just in the amount of caffeine you get. Let’s go over some of the fundamental difference between espresso and drip coffee.
How Drip Coffee and Espresso Are Brewed
As the name implies, drip coffee is made by pouring boiling water on top of coffee grind and let the gravity do the rest. There’s only a filter in between the coffee grind and the cup.
Drip coffee is better in savoring the flavors and aroma of the coffee grain. If you like your coffee flavored, drip coffee is definitely for you. The gentle brewing process used to create drip coffee can help you maintain and infuse a wide variety of flavors and aroma into the brew.
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If you haven’t noticed it yet, the clue is in the name (es-PRESS-oh). Espresso is made by pressing pressurized hot water through finely ground coffee beans. This process is widely known as “pulling a shot”.
Espresso is served in ‘shots’, each measuring about 1 ounce. However, many coffee houses prefer to only serve them in double shots espressos or ‘Doppios’.
The Grounds and Doses
The size of the coffee grounds are what separates espresso and drip coffee. Generally fresh and medium ground are recommended by experts for drip coffee.
This is due to the fact that coarser grounds strike a balance between producing delicious and unique coffee flavors without dissolving the particles.
Dose: 1 tablespoon of grounds for 8 oz of hot water.
Espresso, on the other hand, is often made with smoother grounds. The smoother the ground, the better the espresso could be.
Obviously, grounds that are too fine can clog the brewing process. So, you’ll need a balance between small and medium grounds when you’re pulling an espresso shot.
Dose: 8-10 grams of coffee grounds for a single-shot espresso.
This infographic from Coffee In My Veins has more information on the difference between espresso and drip coffee that could help you understand the difference. Check it out below.