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Espresso vs Filter

Espresso vs Filter

What is the difference between espresso and filter coffee?


Espresso machines brew coffee very quickly, using around 125 psi to force water through fine coffee grounds. This produces a syrupy, concentrated coffee beverage called espresso. It can be delicious on its own or as the base for popular milk drinks such as lattes and cappuccinos.

  1. The roasting curve for espresso beans is higher, which means we roast at a slightly higher temperature and a bit longer.
  2. A good grinder is necessary to add and tamp the right amount of finely ground coffee into the portafilter. The seal must be tight before pulling a shot of espresso.
  3. Espresso is great for people looking for more body and less acidity in their regular coffee.


Filter brewers come in a myriad of forms: drip machines, french press, Chemex, Aeropress, etc.

  1. Coffee is roasted to a lower final temperature and for less time.
  2. The ideal grind is medium (not too fine and not too coarse).
  3. Filtered coffee generally produces a sweeter and cleaner cup because coffee oils are retained in the filter.
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