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Is There A Special Espresso Bean?

By September 19, 2017Uncategorized

Recently, I’ve been getting a lot of questions from customers about espresso. They usually ask something along the lines of, “how do I know if it’s an espresso bean?”. For various reasons, people want to get what they believe is a special bean used just for espresso.
Here’s the thing, there is no such thing as an espresso bean. The truth is, any bean can be used to make espresso. The idea that an “espresso bean” exists is really nothing more than a misnomer.
Basically, espresso is more of a brewing method than anything. But, what you use as the bean is really a matter of opinion. Now generally speaking, espresso tends to be roasted darker than most coffee – but it doesn’t have to be.
At Bergies for instance, we use a three bean blend. We prefer to roast it to a darker medium roast. If we decided to change one of our bean components, it would still be our espresso blend. What makes it espresso is when it is ground fine and put through the espresso machine. In fact, if you took our espresso blend home, it would make a fine regular brewed coffee.
If you’re looking for espresso to use in baking, meat rubs, or what not, it really doesn’t matter what bean you use. Any type of bean would be good for chocolate covered coffee beans, for example. So the next time you go on a search for espresso beans, remember you can use just about any roasted coffee bean that you’ve enjoyed in the past.

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