Coffee Myths: Espresso
True or false: you need espresso beans to brew espresso.
We can divide the life of a coffee bean into three segments: agricultural, roasting, and brewing. Espresso is a type of brewing method and has nothing to do with the agricultural or roasting aspects of the coffee journey. As such, coffee beans advertised as “espresso beans” are in fact no different than any other coffee; it is merely a brewing suggestion based on the roaster’s preferences.
It is no surprise that espresso was invented in Italy. The first espresso machine was patented in 1905 and looked more like R2D2 than their modern-day descendants.Almost 50 years after the first commercial espresso machine, the Moka pot was invented by Bialetti in—you guessed it—Italy. Current standards require espresso to have that top layer of fine foam, or “crema,” which can only be made by high pressure machines, but the Moka pot provides a near-perfect and budget-friendly alternative for brewing espresso style beverages at home.
The common Italian roast style is dark and oily, so beans labeled as espresso are often roasted in the classic Italian manner. But you are not at all limited to dark roast for espresso! The only requirement for espresso is proper grind size: very fine. At White Oak Coffee Roasters, we are not tethered to convention and enjoy experimenting with different brew methods for all our coffees. Try using a light roast or a fruity single origin for a really unique espresso experience.
Browse our coffees—they can all be brewed as espresso, and we even offer a fine grind option for a quick and easy espresso or Moka Pot brew.