What’s The Difference Between Espresso and drip Coffee?

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

Drip Coffee

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

Drip Coffee

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.

Infographic: The Difference Between Espresso and Drip Coffee

difference between espresso and drip coffee
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  1. Coffee is becoming everyone’s addiction. It is the thing which is releasing people’s tension daily during their work schedule. And thanks to your post for mentioning the difference between espresso and drip coffee so clearly.
    Great article. Coffee word itself directed my attention to your post.
    Keep posting !!

  2. Hi,
    This is nice to see you here for diffidence between espresso and drip coffee and having right article to see you here and thanks a lot for sharing with us.

  3. aww.. speechless about difference between Espresso and Drip coffee.
    Personally I like infographics you made amazing..
    Thanks for posting great articles for coffee

  4. This espresso and drip coffee infographic is amazing. It shows different brewing tools’ features that I have never seen in other blogs. I will definitely save it. Just in case I will need it in my blog.

  5. Hi,

    How are you? I hope you are doing great! By the way, My name is Thomas Chevalier and I am from Pablo and Rusty’s Coffee Roasters a company that source and roast the good quality coffee.

    I just came across your blog site while I am looking for new cups to order during my free time, I really love your work and motivation to share with the community.

  6. The main differences between espresso coffee and drip coffee are the fineness of the grind and the brewing time. The brewing time for espresso coffee is much shorter, made possible by espresso machines that generate up to 15 atmospheres (ATM) of pressure to force the water through the coffee.

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