Difference between a Cappuccino and Espresso

Published October 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

Difference between a Cappuccino and Espresso

Around the world today people have developed a strong love affair with their coffee. This daily coffee consumption has become part of an individual’s daily routine, both morning and evening and points in between, and can be brewed in any number of different ways.

Some of those different ways that people enjoy their coffee is through the drinking of a regularly brewed cup of coffee, an espresso or a cappuccino.

In order to indulge in experimental coffee tasting and to expand one’s taste in the world of drinking coffee, it may prove beneficial to discuss the differences between an espresso and a cappuccino.

First of all, a cappuccino is a coffee that gained popularity in European nations and specifically the Country of Italy. As the world became “smaller”, this type of beverage gained popularity outside the European and Italian boundaries.

By process, a cappuccino is a flavorful and aromatic coffee that is enhanced with different ingredients. The major ingredient includes the combination of milk which is stimulated into a foamy substance.  This process expands the volume of the milk.  The other added ingredient is espresso.

Therefore, a cappuccino is prepared from equal ingredients of espresso and milk with the added touch being the milk that has been foamed.  The steps include the addition of the espresso into the cup which contains the hot milk. Then the final touch is the addition of the foamed milk on top of this combination.

Other flavor enhancements of a cappuccino can include a variety of spices and ingredients such as cocoa, cinnamon, etc.  Also, an individual may wish to substitute the milk with other milk variations such as low-fat or nonfat milk or substitute the milk product with an alternative such as soy milk.

On the other hand, an espresso is a more robust coffee beverage. This is due to the fact of the way that this beverage is prepared.

Specifically, in the preparation of an espresso, the coffee grounds used are more tightly compacted with the grounds be very fine as produced through the grinding process.  Then, to produce the fullness of coffee tasting experience, the boiling hot water is pressurized over the grounds at a high rate of ATM. ATM stands for atmospheres of pressure with the acceptable level of pressure being at 15 ATMs.
The high pressurized brewing process allows for the fullness of the grounded coffee beans to be maximized. This then provides a very thick coffee beverage which maximizes the coffee taste and flavor and provides a very stout tasting experience of coffee.

Generally, the quality of coffee beans utilized is not only a matter of taste but enhances the flavor of the hot beverage being brewed. One such quality coffee bean that is used to make an espresso is the Arabica coffee bean because of it being a darker and stronger bean.

Both styles of coffee brewing require the use of some type of additional coffee maker other than the traditional coffee maker found in most homes.

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