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Can You Use Espresso for Drip Coffee?

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Can You Use Espresso for Drip Coffee?

Want to have some coffee but only have espresso beans on hand? Can you actually make regular coffee with espresso beans? Let’s discuss the possibilities.

First things first, here are some differences between the two:

The difference between making espresso and regular coffee

A significant difference between regular coffee and an espresso is the way the drink is actually made. 

An espresso is made by forcing boiling water through finely ground and tightly packed beans. This leads to layers of foam or “crema” at the top, a sign of a quintessential espresso shot. But this can only be achieved if an espresso machine is used.

Regular black coffee can be made via any brewing method, drip or pour-over. An immersion brewing method like a French Press can also be used.

Difference in the grind size

The grounds of espresso beans must be finely ground. Regular coffee can be of varying grind sizes, from coarse to fine. However, if you’re craving a stronger cup, the finer the grounds the higher the caffeine content. 

It’s also important to note that different brewing methods may require different coffee ground sizes. 

Can you actually use espresso beans for drip coffee?? 

If you’re someone who prefers sweet and fruity flavors in your coffee, the idea of just having an espresso may not be your thing. However if espresso beans are the only thing you have at home, we have good news! You can still make a delicious cup of drip or pour-over coffee. Espresso beans and regular coffee beans are the same thing, usually just a darker roast! 

For espresso, it doesn't matter if you’re using Arabica or Robusta beans, but it’s recommended that a dark roast be used. 

Regular coffee beans can also be used to make espresso drinks. 

With the right grind size and coffee equipment, any kind of beans can be used to make drip, pour over, or espresso drinks. 

How to use espresso beans for drip coffee

Although you may not be able to replicate an authentic espresso with a drip coffee maker, you can make a very similar drink. Here’s how: 

  1. Choose the concentrate brew setting. An espresso machine puts the pressure of 9 atmospheres on a pack of grounds, but in a pour-over the closest you can get to a similar consistency is via the concentrate setting. 
  2. Finely grind the beans. 
  3. Pour just enough water to dampen the coffee grounds. Let them rest for a minute. 
  4. Pour in more water on top. 
  5. Let the concentrated liquid collect, remove the filter when about 2 ounces of liquid is collected. 

This concentrated liquid is very close to an authentic espresso as it has intense flavors and is quite strong, making it perfect for a cappuccino or a latte. 

Our recommendation

Now that you know that you can use espresso beans for drip coffee (they are all coffee beans after all!), you also probably realize you can use regular coffee beans for espresso. Share this new knowledge and go enjoy your espresso bean coffee!

To avoid getting stuck with espresso beans without an espresso machine, you can pick the coffee grind size according to your preferred brewing method. For example, if you have a French press, choose “French press” under the “grind size." There’s also other options like pour over, Aeropress, Chemex, espresso, cold brew, etc. 

If you’re looking for a dark, full bodied, and rich cup of coffee, the Downtown Blend is a foolproof choice. With notes of dark chocolate, cedar and sweet herbs, the earthy notes can be enjoyed all year round. Simply select the grind size according to the coffee equipment you have available, and enjoy.

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