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Are Espresso Shots In Your Coffee Necessary?

Have you ever been curious about what an espresso shot really is or does? Espresso is a concentrated form of coffee served in small, strong shots and is the base for some coffee drinks. It’s made from the same exact beans as coffee but is typically stronger, thicker, and higher in caffeine. Since espresso is typically served in smaller servings than coffee, it has less caffeine per serving.


What is Espresso? 

Espresso is a way to prepare a cup of coffee that is tiny in size and violently strong in flavor. Espresso is brewed by pushing hot water through the coffee grounds at extremely high pressures and speed. This is why you have to use special machines to make an espresso. The difference between coffee and espresso is in the grind and the treatment of the beans. The beans are ground to a finer consistency than coffee and firmly packed before hot water is forced through using an espresso machine. Espresso has all of the same flavors of coffee but amplified—bitter, lightly sweet, acidic, toasty. The exact flavor profile will vary depending on the coffee roast. It has a thicker, creamier texture than coffee.


Who Has More Caffeine?

If you take an equal amount of espresso and coffee, then the espresso will have much more caffeine. If you break it down to by typical serving size, you’ll find that a typical 8oz cup of joe has quite a bit more caffeine than your average one to two oz shot of espresso.While espresso has the reputation of being high in caffeine, it just depends on much espresso you’re drinking. Espresso tends to be served in smaller servings than coffee, which ends up having less caffeine than brewed coffee. Espresso contains 29 to 100 milligrams in a single shot. A double shot contains 58 to 185 mg.  A cup of drip coffee can contain 80 to 200 mg depending on the variety and brew.


How to Drink Espresso

A serving of espresso is called a shot, equivalent to drink in a single gulp. Espresso is meant to be sipped slowly to take in it’s full, rich flavor. You can enjoy a shot or double shot of espresso as-is, but you can add in sugar or another sweetener.


Espresso is used to make a number of popular coffeehouse drinks such as:


Caffé Americano: A shot of espresso combined with hot water.

Red-eye: Filtered coffee combined with one shot of espresso.

Caffé latte: A double shot of espresso topped with steamed milk.

Cappuccino: A single shot of espresso topped with steamed and frothed milk.


Intrigued with espresso? Do you need it no? You don’t need anything. However come out and be social by our coffee bar, or find a cozy nook in our window-side seating area. We invite you to add espresso to your coffee routine at Caffe Strega!

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