Hannah Boling
4 min readJan 5, 2022

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Have you considered upgrading your basic coffee brewer to a new espresso machine? Perhaps searching for a more sophisticated coffee experience, or to add a better taste to your morning routine? If you are a coffee aficionado or just looking for the best tasting cup of joe, look no further than the espresso.

What’s the Difference?

While we have all heard of espresso, it can be difficult to understand the differences between a regular cup of coffee and an expertly pulled espresso shot. If you are wondering what separates espresso from other coffee beans, you are not alone. Let’s start with the basics.

Behind the Beans

The big difference between coffee and espresso starts all the way back at the beans. Espresso beans are roasted for a longer amount of time comparatively to average coffee beans, and usually roasted at a much higher temperature. This unique roasting process, known as an Espresso Roast, extracts the oil from the coffee beans, resulting in a bolder, more intense flavor.

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More Flavor, Less Jitters

While the process of the Espresso Roast increases the flavor profile, it reduces the caffeine content as well. The longer a coffee bean is roasted, the less caffeine it retains. Since espresso beans are roasted for a longer time at higher heat to produce their exclusive flavor, they hold less caffeine than average coffees. Shots of espresso are also smaller than the average cup of coffee, so you can expect less caffeine per shot of espresso than you would find in your morning coffee. However, there is no limit to how many shots of espresso you can have each morning, and most at-home espresso machines can pull two shots at a time.

At Home Artistry

There are many different espresso machines on the market available to purchase for at-home use, ranging from $40-$4,500 in price, depending on the features you are looking for. With this variety, how do you choose which machine is right for you?

Personal Preference

To find the right espresso machine, begin with your personal preferences for your…

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Hannah Boling

I am a freelance writer learning to navigate the waters of solopreneurship, finances, and self motivation