The Difference Between Espresso And Filter Coffee: Each method of making coffee has certain advantages and disadvantages. The taste between the two ways of brewing by filter and machine is also relatively different. Due to different types of coffee, filter coffee often uses Robusta; engines often use Arabica.
The coffee filter is a familiar drink to Vietnamese people and is considered a typical cultural feature. Along with the introduction abroad, espresso machine coffee has been positively received by the domestic coffee-loving community in recent years. So what is the difference between the taste of coffee with these two different ways of preparing it?
Differences in the extraction method in Espresso And Filter Coffee
In principle, an Espresso machine is a machine that uses hot water compressed under high pressure to extract the essence and pure and original aroma of coffee beans in a short time, only about 25-30 seconds.
Meanwhile, filter coffee uses the principle of osmosis, extracted by using hot water flowing slowly through the coffee powder in the filter; at the bottom of the filter, there are many small holes for the coffee water to pass through. Therefore, the time to make filter coffee is also longer, about 7-10 minutes. Creating a filter is a familiar and straightforward way of making coffee with Vietnamese people. For many people, sipping a cup of filter coffee is indispensable every morning.
Making a cup of Espresso will usually limit to about 25-30 seconds and depends on the type of machine used. Meanwhile, to get a cup of filter coffee will need a period from 7-10 minutes.
But also because of the time waiting for each bitter drop to fall into the cup, inhaling the intense aroma of each drop of coffee is a feeling that many coffee lovers love.
For this reason, filter coffee is also called by many people a drink for those who like simplicity, slowness, and lightness. Meanwhile, Espresso coffee is for those who prefer speed and convenience.
Feel the look and taste
When using these two extraction methods, coffee cups also have specific differences in appearance and flavor.
Espresso is extracted from Arabica coffee beans. After extraction, there will be a layer of caramel brown crema on the surface, created by pressure, C02, and other compounds. A perfect cup of Espresso has a seductive aroma, ethereal sour taste, and characteristic mild bitterness of Arabica beans. When swallowed, it leaves a sweet aftertaste at the base of the tongue.
For filter coffee, the raw material is Robusta coffee beans. After extracting the coffee, you will not be able to see the crema layer like the coffee extracted by the machine. The finished coffee cup has a dark brown color and is thick.
Filter coffee has a more prominent bitter taste because it mainly uses Robusta beans. But when swallowed, what is left is a sweet aftertaste lingering at the end of the palate. Add ice, sugar, or condensed milk to reduce the bitterness when enjoying.
Despite their relative differences in many aspects, filter coffee and Espresso still have distinct characteristics ready to please all coffee enthusiasts. You should spend one time trying to enjoy both types to know your coffee taste and feel the exciting difference between these two coffee cups.