When it comes to the discussion of espresso vs. drip coffee, it seems that many people have very strong and differing opinions. While these opinions may vary widely, there are still many misconceptions relating to the difference between espresso and drip coffee.
From the nature of the grind to the cultural connotation of each, even the slightest of differences impacts the final product, and there is indeed a significant divergence between the ground, the flavor, and the boldness.
How Fine Is the Grind?
Due to the way that espresso is brewed, it is necessary for the coffee to be very finely ground. The espresso is made by forcing about 1.5 ounces of water through this finely ground espresso coffee, and how tightly the ground is packed will have an impact on the final product. The fineness will also impact the time it takes for the water to pass through the grounds, though it is generally accepted that the ideal shot of espresso takes about 25 seconds to pass through the grounds.
There are other variables, however, which include the following:
- The temperature of the water
- The pressure of the water
- The consistency of the grind
Drip coffee, on the other hand, requires a ground that is much coarser. Because of the nature of the ground, the hot water remains in contact with the grounds for much longer than espresso.