Have you ever ordered a latte or a cappuccino? How about a mocha?
If you have, you probably know that each of these drinks is a combination of milk and espresso. But what exactly is espresso â€“ that yummy liquid that is often mispronounced, misspelled and misunderstood?
First off, espresso is an Italian word that is spelled not with an â€œxâ€ but with an â€œsâ€. Say it with me:
Good. Now that you can pronounce it, let’s continue.
What Is Espresso?
Espresso coffee is 1 â€“ 2 oz. of finely ground coffee brewed under high pressure and hot water. As you may have experienced, espresso by itself has a very concentrated and flavorful taste. A good cup of espresso should have a top layer of rich, golden cream, called crema.
Contrary to popular belief, it is not the type of bean or the roast that makes espresso. You can make espresso with any bean from any region of the world. It is the brewing process that turns coffee into espresso. Similarly, it is a myth that only certain roasts (like a dark French Roast) can be used for espresso. But whether a medium or a dark roast is usedÂ for espresso is purely a matter of taste and preference.
You may have heard that espresso has more caffeine than regular coffee. This also is a myth.
- 8 oz. brewed coffee = 135 mg of caffeine
- 1 oz. espresso = 30-50 mg of caffeine
So if it’s â€œone of those daysâ€ and you need an extra-caffeinated treat, you’ll find more caffeine in a cup of brewed coffee.
So next time you step into a coffee house, or even the Buena Vista Roastery, you won’t be in the dark about what’s going into your favorite latte.