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.
- The roasting curve for espresso beans is higher, which means we roast at a slightly higher temperature and a bit longer.
- 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.
- 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.
- Coffee is roasted to a lower final temperature and for less time.
- The ideal grind is medium (not too fine and not too coarse).
- Filtered coffee generally produces a sweeter and cleaner cup because coffee oils are retained in the filter.