Espresso is one of the most popular coffee varieties. Therefore, we tell you everything about this beloved beverage there is to know.
Did you know that espresso is the basis of many other coffee varieties? For example, the cappuccino, macchiato, and americano. Yet this strong beverage is not comparable to these variants.
What is an espresso?
Espresso is a way of preparing coffee. This may sound easy, but there is quite a lot to it. It is characterized by the fine grinding degree of the coffee and the high pressure with which hot water is pressed through the ground coffee during brewing.
The most characteristic feature is that the density of dissolved substances per unit volume is higher than with regular coffee. Because of this, espresso is stronger than a regular coffee and contains about three times as much caffeine per unit volume as regular coffee.
Another important factor is the amount with which it is served. This is lower than with regular coffee and usually measured in shots between 25 and 30 ml.
It takes a lot of qualities before you can talk about a perfect espresso. Some of them are the dark brown cream on top and the intense and strong aromas. Also, the flavors like bitterness, acidity, saltiness, and sweetness should all be well mixed. And last but not least, the aftertaste needs to be full-bodied.
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