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What Is An Espresso?

An espresso is a strong black coffee made by forcing steam through coffee beans. Typically 2 ounces (60mL), it will contain about half the amount of caffeine as a full cup of coffee due to a more efficient extraction process.

There is some confusion about the roast and grind of an espresso, with people referring to "Espresso Roast" and "Espresso Grind", even "Espresso Beans" aren't very clearly definitive.

An Espresso Roast simply refers to a very dark roasted coffee with an intense taste. Because so little waster is used when making an Espresso, the more intense roasts are typically used to give the espresso a full, strong flavour. Certain beans are able to be roasting longer and have more flavour when they get to what is a considered an "Espresso Roast", and it's these beans that are typically referred to as "Espresso Beans".

An Espresso Grind can refer to a number of different minor variations of a grind used for espresso machines. Many higher end super automatic espresso machines will have a built in grinder so that you can buy whole beans.

Espresso is the foundation of many elaborate coffee drinks that you pay upwards of $5.00 for from a cafe.

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