Coffee is a popular beverage, no matter which part of the world you come from, there’s no denying that. But let’s face it, whether it’s drip coffee, a latte, cappuccino, espresso or any other coffee variant out there, most of us can’t really tell where the difference comes in between any two coffee varieties. That’s a similar case with coffee and espresso; they are two popular coffee varieties, but where is the line drawn between the two?

The Basics of Coffee and Espresso

Despite what many people believe, coffee and espresso don’t come from different coffee beans. Therefore, both sets of coffee can either originate from the Arabica or Robusta coffee bean. However, the thing here is that each individual coffee bean has its own distinguishing characteristics different from the other, which might inevitably contribute to some degree of the difference between coffee and espresso, if the two are made exclusively from different coffee beans.

In addition, it’s easy to distinguish or tell the difference between the two coffee types just by looking at them up close. Coffee usually has a dark tinge, while espresso coffee has a dark brown tinge, on top of having a frothy appearance.

Other key differences

Another difference that sets coffee and espresso drinks apart is the degree of fineness of the ground coffee. From this perspective, espresso is made from finely ground coffee beans, while coffee isn’t.

As a result of this difference in the degree of fineness in the ground coffee beans, espresso drinks usually taste differently as compared to coffee; not only is the taste of espresso bolder, but it’s also roasty and well-rounded. Unfortunately, the use of items, like filters, to make drip coffee, usually robs normal coffee of most of the taste.

However, the taste difference between the two is largely influenced by the processes in which the two are made. And with the difference in the processes used to make coffee and espresso drinks, there comes in other differing factors, ergo the brewing time and the pressure. Normally, the brewing time when it comes to coffee adds up to a couple of minutes, compared to the seconds it takes to make espresso. On the other hand, the pressure used in the process of making espresso is much greater as compared to that of coffee, which roughly is 9 bars or 130psi.

In conclusion, another key difference between coffee and espresso is the amount of caffeine present. Apparently, espresso drinks have a higher concentration of caffeine than coffee per ounce.