Ever Wondered How Espresso is Different from Regular Coffee?

How is Espresso Different from Regular Coffee?
When comparing espresso with drip coffee, the first thing that comes to mind is the brewing time. The espresso is brewed for a shorter duration and moreover, the coffee beans used are finer than those in drip coffee.
Tastessence Staff
Last Updated: Mar 10, 2018
Did You Know?
It is believed that coffee has its origins in Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee plant, and its cultivation started around the 9th century. Whereas, espresso coffee is said to have its beginnings in the Arabian Peninsula in the 16th century.
There are different styles of making coffee and the one that is commonly used at home is the filtered coffee or drip brewing. This regular drip coffee has been the first choice for many coffee aficionados. However, the espresso coffee that is more concentrated due to its high pressurized brewing system also has a hugely loyal base of customers.

Espresso and regular coffee differ in their serving sizes, texture, and flavor. The caffeine content in the two, is not the same. Moreover, the coffee beans used, the time taken for brewing, and the brewing method used are some other factors that differentiate regular drip coffee from espresso. This Tastessence article elaborates on factors that make espresso different from regular coffee. Take a look at the table of differences.
Espresso Coffee Vs Regular Drip Coffee
Serving Size
Espresso coffee
♦ Espresso coffee is always served in shots of approximately 1-1.5 ounces. The serving size is usually a double shot, which is equivalent to 2-2.5 ounces of espresso.
Regular coffee
♦ A regular coffee is usually served in an 8-ounce cup which is substantially more than an espresso shot.
Caffeine Content
♦ The amount of caffeine present in espresso is higher per unit volume compared to regular coffee. 1 fluid ounce of espresso contains as much size as 64 mg caffeine. However, if you consider per serving, espresso has a lower amount of caffeine than regular coffee.

♦ An 8-ounce cup of regular coffee provides anywhere between 95 to 200 mg of caffeine.
Coffee Beans
Espresso coffee beans
♦ Coffee beans are finely ground when making espresso coffee. The texture of ground beans in espresso is very similar to powdered sugar.
Regular coffee beans
♦ The coffee beans used in regular coffee are coarser than in espresso coffee.
♦ The espresso has a thicker consistency than regular coffee. The espresso shot has a thick, creamy smooth layer on top. Due to its thicker texture, espresso is often preferred over the regular one.

♦ Regular coffee is lighter and has a substantially thinner texture.
Brewing Time
Homemade coffee
♦ The espresso coffee is brewed for much lesser time - 20-30 seconds. That is why, it is regarded as one of the easiest methods of brewing coffee.

♦ The brewing time for regular coffee is much longer - 4 to 6 minutes.
Brewing Method
♦ When making espresso, nearly boiling water under a pressure of up to 15 atmospheres is pushed through finely compressed coffee beans. It is brewed for less than half a minute and a dark brown thick liquid is then separated from ground beans. The thick liquid when poured in a container, has a small amount of froth on top.

♦ Compared to espresso, this is a slower brewing method in which boiling water is allowed to drip through ground coffee. The water percolates through the coarsely ground beans and is then collected in a container. Coffee brewing devices such as the French press and the drip filter coffee makers are commonly used to carry out this process.
Aromatic coffee
♦ A shot of espresso is highly concentrated and has a strong, intense flavor that you may not like. The more concentrated dose of caffeine in espresso may cause heart palpitations and jitters.

♦ As aforementioned, regular coffee has a lengthier brewing time, which means the hot water remains in contact with coarser ground beans for a longer duration. So, the resulting coffee has a flavor that is more satisfying and fulfilling.
On the whole, whichever coffee you choose, make sure you mix the ingredients in the right amounts and brew it for the desired time to get the most out of your coffee.