What is espresso and how do you drink it?
By Michael Brown — / Death Wish Coffee Blog
What is espresso?
Espresso is coffee brewed by forcing a small amount of nearly boiling water under pressure through finely ground coffee beans. Espresso is generally thicker than coffee brewed by other methods, has a higher concentration of suspended and dissolved solids, and has crema on top (a foam with a creamy consistency).
As a result of the pressurized brewing process, the flavors and chemicals in a typical cup of espresso are very concentrated. Espresso is the base for other drinks, such as a caffe latte, cappuccino, caffe macchiato, caffe mocha, or caffe americano.
[Read more: 7 espresso drinks that are out of this world]
Espresso has more caffeine per unit volume than most coffee beverages, but because the usual serving size is much smaller, the total caffeine content is less. Although the actual caffeine content of any coffee drink varies by size, bean origin, roast method and other factors, the caffeine content of "typical" servings of espresso vs. drip brew are 53 mg vs. 95 to 200 mg.
Death Wish Coffee can be ground to an espresso grind and used in an espresso machine. This brings out many wonderful dark cherry, mocha, and almond flavors that you may not taste when brewing with conventional methods.
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