What is Espresso?

In case you don’t know, I love coffee. I love smelling it. I love tasting it. I love reading about it. I love learning about it. I love having it in my favorite mug. I hope that if you are reading this blog you love it too, or at least want to learn more about it.

So this blog post is going to be dedicated to "ESPRESSO" and what espresso really is.

First and foremost, the word does not contain an “x.”. I understand why people believe it is spelled and pronounced “expresso,” but it is spelled espresso.

Espresso is a method of brewing coffee. You can use any kind of coffee bean or roast to make espresso. Most coffee shops will have a special blend of beans that they use for making espresso, like our own Booskerdoo Dancing Goat Espresso Blend. But why have a special blend for making coffee one particular way?

Espresso is brewed very differently than all other forms of coffee. When we drip coffee, in a drip cone or automatic brewer, we pour water over ground coffee beans and let gravity do the rest. Espresso is brewed by forcing water through ground coffee at between 140-160 psi (pounds per square inch), that can also be described as 9-10 atm (atmospheres of pressure). Imagine a 6 foot tall average Joe, putting all of his weight into the area of a quarter. That is the amount of pressure the coffee is under in an espresso machine.

Another aspect of brewing espresso is the grind being employed. The grind is different from drip and french press coffee. When coffee is ground to make espresso, the grind is very fine. This is because the water comes into contact with the coffee beans for a very short amount of time. Brewing a shot of espresso takes between 18-35 seconds.

What really sets espresso apart from all other forms of coffee is the way the pressure, water temperature, and grind enhance the depth of flavor and create a vast character for any coffee bean. All of the flavor and aroma you normally get from a small cup of coffee is concentrated into 1-2 oz of pure creamy coffee deliciousness. This ultra concentrated flavor is why many people get their espresso with steamed milk, which is called a cafe latte. Most coffee shops use a blend of beans that they believe pairs well with the velvety smooth steamed milk and other flavor additives that coffee lovers add to enhance their experience.

So that is espresso in a nutshell. It is a method of brewing coffee vastly different from all others. The smallest error in brewing the coffee or steaming the milk results in a very poor drink which is why our Baristas train for hours daily to deliver the best drink to you at the end of the bar.

So come on in and have a Booskerdoo Barista make you a coffee that's something different and special, that will certainly help you enjoy the day.

If you have any questions or comments regarding your coffee experience at home or in one of our shops, drop me a line at mike@booskerdoo.com

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