Espresso is a wonderful drink that, once you tried it, will make you turn your nose up at drip or other coffees. Espresso is rich, complex, and has intense flavors. This guide will teach you everything about espresso.
This guide is conceived to help coffee lovers with all level of experience from completely newbie to seasoned barista. We can't cram too much content on this page, because we want to cover all knowledge levels. However, we will direct you to the appropriate resources.
Espresso Guides for Beginners
What Is Espresso
Espresso is a coffee obtained by using pressure during the preparation process. In order to prepare an espresso, a small amount of water is pushed through a puck of finely ground coffee beans. The pressure is what makes espresso special, and it allows the barista to extract more flavors from the beans. Because of this, an espresso cannot be brewed with a French press, a Keurig, or a drip coffeemaker. Here is a more detailed article that explains what is espresso, and more importantly what espresso is not.
Espresso is the base for many milk-based coffee drinks, and coffee lovers look for inexpensive ideas to prepare it at home. From a flavor and taste perspective, you cannot use other coffee brewing methods to make espresso. However, if you are looking to make a latte, any strong coffee will do, because the espresso flavor is drenched into the milk. If you are making a cappuccino though, you better stick with real espresso, or at least espresso alternatives. Take a look in the advanced brewing section, and you'll find a guide for brewing espresso alternatives.
Quick Espresso Brewing Guides [Infographics]
This section links to a few quick brewing guides to get you started. The guides are just enough to point you in the right direction, if you don't have any experience at all, or if you want a memory refresh. Espresso brewing is a race for perfection, for most enthusiasts. But the perfectionists have to start somehow, and these infographics are a perfect way.
Espresso Based Beverages
There are many coffee based beverages, and most of them have milk and espresso as the base. Milk adds texture and sweetness to the drink, and it helps those with sensitive stomach. Espresso is the choice of brew for most milk and coffee drinks because espresso has a strong flavor that can still shine when diluted with milk.
Here is the list of caffeinated beverages made with espresso shots: latte, cappuccino, caffè macchiato, caffè mocha, flat white.
The list is actually longer, if you want to learn about new ways to enjoy your espresso, browse the list here: List of Coffee and Espresso Beverages.
For a short comparison between the most popular espresso beverages check our article here: Cappuccino vs Latte vs Mocha.
What Is the Difference Between Espresso and Coffee
There is a popular belief that espresso is just another word for strong concentrated coffee. While espresso is strong and concentrated, it is also so much more than that.
We have many coffee lovers asking us: "Can I make espresso with a coffee maker?" We always answer that no, you cannot. If we were to prepare a "drip coffee espresso", the taste would be awful. Sure milk covers some of that taste, but not entirely.
Acceptable espresso alternatives are the Moka pot and the Aeropress, which brew under pressure. In fact this is what makes espresso special, the pressure during the coffee extraction.
Anyway, for an in-depth article on the topic, check our post here: Espresso vs Coffee – What are the Differences?
Advanced Espresso Guides
Geeky Espresso Brewing
Our guides will give you the needed knowledge, and the confidence to aim for coffee greatness. All you need to do is invest your time in reading our brewing guides. We even show you how to make cheap espresso alternatives, if you are on a tight budget.
This section is for people who make espresso on a regular basis, or have done it at least a few times, and would like to improve their knowledge and technique. The content in this section will help you troubleshoot your coffee.
You can also learn here how to tweak your beverage to suit your preference. You want more bite, we show you how to get it. You want a smooth coffee, we show you that as well.
Espresso Equipment and Tools
Espresso Coffee Makers, Tools, and Equipment
You might want to check our espresso maker reviews, and what equipment we recommend. We guide you on how to choose the best espresso machine that fits your needs.
Sure, it is wonderful to buy the best espresso machine, and all of the tools and equipment that a professional baristas use. However, sometimes the budget restricts us to the bare minimum. Yow can work with that, if you need to.
More Espresso Articles
Expert Barista Skills vs Basic Caffeinated Needs
There are many variables that make or break the final taste of your coffee. If you nail them, you will achieve what many baristas desperately desire to make – the perfect cup of coffee.
You’ll learn how to pull an espresso shot, steam perfect milk and pour beautiful latte art. We’ll even show you how to shop for equipment, get the best machine for your budget and how to make espresso without even using an espresso machine.
If this is all you want to know, we have that information in an easy to read format. But if you could take it a step further, would you? If you answered yes, it's great because we have a tutorial for you too.
If you don’t have the time or the resources to explore the world of coffee it’s okay! Learn whatever you need to learn, when you need to know it. We’ll be here when you want to know expand your knowledge.