Collection: Espresso Capsules

  • Victor Allen's Coffee Espresso Capsules Variety Pack, 40 Count, Compatible with Nespresso Machines
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How is Espresso made?

Coffee is familiarized to us as a slow drip brew, while Espresso is a much faster and aggressive brew method of coffee. Espresso is not a type of coffee, but a type of drink. It’s produced by using an espresso machine to pump water through a very fine, sand-like grind of coffee—which is, aside from the high-pressure water, a key difference between espresso and coffee. Coffee grinds will always be coarser for a standard slow drip or immersion.

What does Espresso Taste like?

Espresso derives its noticeably concentrated flavor from how soluble its grinds are. You’ll end up with a richer, full-bodied coffee with espresso that boasts less acidity. It bypasses “sour” and goes right to a balanced or bold end of the spectrum on the flavor wheel.

Another smaller detail is that, because the process happens so quickly, there’s no loss of water temperature during the brewing process, as there might be with a slow drip that takes several minutes. Espresso is notoriously well-rounded and consistent.

What is the difference between Espresso and Coffee?

The surprising truth is that there is no difference between espresso and coffee when it comes to the bean. They share common origins and simply take different paths in their journey to your mug or demitasse.

Here’s the skinny: coffee is familiarized to us as a slow drip brew that’s gone through a filter and is poured in a serving of, at a minimum, eight ounces. Because of this slow drip—or immersion, using a French press—the water in contact with coffee for several minutes will draw out a less concentrated brew. This generally produces a more sweet, tangy, and (likely) more acidic beverage than espresso.

Espresso, on the other hand, is a much faster and aggressive brew method of coffee. Espresso, it should be emphasized, is not a type of coffee, but a type of drink. It’s produced by using an espresso machine to pump water through a very fine, sand-like grind of coffee—which is, aside from the high-pressure water, a key difference between espresso and coffee. Coffee grinds will always be coarser for a standard slow drip or immersion.

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