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Is it the beans or is it the preparation alone that turns coffee powder into espresso? At Flatberry you will find many different espresso beans, from which you can make up both a strong filter coffee and a real Italian espresso. But the beans also differ in their dark color from those that are recommended for filter coffees. Roasting plays an important role in the difference between espresso and coffee.
Coffee as a drink has such a long history that it is impossible to say in which part of the world the first real coffee was brewed from ground coffee beans. The only thing that is certain is that the Europeans first brought coffee to South America and that it actually comes from Africa. Why is that important? With the morning cup of espresso or filter coffee, coffee lovers especially combine the Italian drinking culture. However, we know that coffee beans have also been roasted over an open fire in Africa to improve their taste. The darker the coffee, the more bitter. Like today’s Italian espresso.
ROASTING MAKES THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ESPRESSO AND COFFEE
Whether brewed as cold brew coffee, bulletproof coffee or simple filter coffee, all types of coffee are made from ground and roasted beans. The preparation with cold or hot water is the last step in the production. In our coffee roaster, we take over the roasting step for you. The pre-sorted and prepared coffee beans are placed in a roasting drum and slowly heated to 200 degrees. The first crack occurs at around 220 degrees, which means that the bean breaks open after it has lost a lot of liquid.
The longer we roast the bean afterwards, the more liquid escapes. The acid disappears and a roasted aroma spreads. The coffee bean changes its color from green to beige, becomes yellowish and finally brown. The second crack turns coffee beans into espresso beans, almost black and strong. The difference between espresso and coffee makes a few minutes with gentle roasting. Industrial roasted coffee goes through this process in seconds because it is overheated to roast immediately. The perfect espresso beans are broken open twice up to twenty minutes and then immediately removed for cooling.
WHAT THE PREPARATION HAS TO DO WITH THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ESPRESSO AND COFFEE
You are rightly wondering why not every industrially manufactured coffee is offered for espresso and why we do not sell our espresso blends exclusively for the espresso pot. The preparation deepens the difference between espresso and coffee, starting with the degree of grinding. After the coffee beans have been roasted, they rest. We will then send them to you in an airtight package or grind them at your request. This determines how strong or mild the cup of coffee will end up.
Espresso should be strong. Only a little water is added to it, for example in the espresso or mocha pot. That is why the beans need a lot of contact with the water they are supposed to enrich. A cup of espresso will never have as much caffeine as filter coffee, even if it is a difference between espresso and coffee. There is more caffeine in the powder itself because roasting makes caffeine well. But the small amount of 30 ml only contains around 64 mg of caffeine. The filter coffee comes to 83 mg with a cup of 150 ml.
In order to be able to brew espresso particularly efficiently, a fine degree of grinding is required. So let us know if we should grind your Flatberry coffee beans for espresso preparations with full flavor. The finer the powder is the less crema will be. For example, coffee bars like to offer different grinds, because they know that the difference between espresso and coffee is essential for those who drink it. So you can enjoy a mild espresso or put a filter coffee out of the roasted powder if it is roughly ground.
COLD BREW COFFEE, COFFEE CREMA AND ESPRESSO
So the difference between espresso and coffee is not that big. Different coffee beans are recommended for every type of coffee, but with variable degrees of grinding, more or less water and a little tact, each bean can become a filter coffee or a small cup of espresso in between.