Three Coffee Myths Debunked

Sep 19, 2017 by

There are a lot of misconceptions out there about coffee and espresso. Here’s a look at just a few of them.

Myth #1 You Can Make Espresso Without an Espresso Machine
No, unfortunately your drip coffee maker won’t satisfy your espresso habit. Espresso is a concentrated coffee beverage made by pushing water through fine ground coffee with high pressure, and that’s something you can only do with a proper espresso machine.

The cheap espresso machines (i.e., less than $75) you see everywhere, the kind that have a knob on top for the steam boiler? Not an espresso machine, regardless of what they advertise. Stovetop espresso makers? Generally, no. Unfortunately, these types of machines just don’t have the pressure available to extract the heart of the bean. You can always try one—and maybe you’ll get OK coffee from it—but it won’t truly be espresso.

To brew espresso, you need an espresso maker designed for that purpose. Manual, non-electric devices can be used, but you will need a way to heat up water. The best options, though, are machines that offer a lot less hassle, like semi-automatic or super automatic espresso machines. They are better engineered to deliver the right pressure to pull great shots.

Myth #2 Espresso Has More Caffeine Than Brewed Coffee
This one is just a bit tricky. If you drank 12 ounces of pure espresso, that would be vastly more caffeine than a 12-ounces cup of coffee. But no one drinks espresso like that.

Instead, it’s more relevant to compare a shot of espresso to an average cup of coffee. If we’re talking about an 8-ounce serving, that cup of coffee actually has more caffeine—an average of 92.5 mg—compared to a typical 1-ounce espresso shot, which has an average of 40 mg. So a typical serving of drip coffee has over twice as much caffeine as a serving of espresso. on average.

Myth #3 Coffee Dehydrates You
The idea that coffee dehydrates you stems from the fact that caffeine, a main ingredient in coffee, is a diuretic. If you drink a lot of a diuretic, it stands to reason that you pee a lot and are therefore dehydrated, right? Unfortunately, that logic overlooks the fact there’s a lot of water in the coffee you’re drinking. Myth=busted!

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