We all remember our first time in a coffee shop. The big, intimidating board of all the ways you can experience coffee from classic drop coffee, cold brew, espresso, lattes, doppios, cappuccinos, and so much more. In this article, we will explain the difference between drip coffee and espresso, their caffeine content, and how you can enjoy them without the confusion.
Espresso vs. Coffee
All coffee beans are harvested from a coffee plant, then roasted to bring out their best qualities. The difference lies in how the beans are processed and brewed. Traditional brewing methods use a medium grind coffee that maintains extended contact with hot water and relies on gravity to pull the resulting cup of joe. Espresso requires more science to make the small-but-mighty shot packed with a bold, robust flavor. Dark roast beans are finely ground then placed into a special machine that pushes hot water through the grounds at a high pressure and high speed. The concentration of caffeine is similar in both brewing methods. One serving of traditional drip coffee yields about 70-140 mg of caffeine per 8 oz of coffee while espresso yields 60-80 mg of caffeine per 1.5 oz serving.
How to Order
If you prefer a casual drinking experience and a wider variety of flavors, traditional drip coffee might be the one for you. Order it black or add sugar, cream, or flavored syrup to your liking. Drip coffee can be served over ice for a cold treat and fixed up however you like. If you prefer a more full-bodied flavor, give espresso a try. Order a plain black shot of espresso to get a feel for the flavor profile.
If that’s too bold, try a latte. A latte is espresso served with creamy steamed milk and can be flavored and sweetened with syrup. Lattes can be ordered cold with espresso, milk, and ice for a creamy, sippable summer drink.
The best way to drink coffee is however your tastebuds are happiest. We hope this article helps you navigate the coffee board for your next visit and maybe try something new! Feel free to ask one of our baristas to help you find the tastiest start to your day.