Espresso is a shot of concentrated coffee made by forcing very hot water at a high pressure through finely ground coffee beans. Espresso is coffee. It’s just made differently than regular style coffee.
For any type of coffee drinks you produce – including espresso you can use either robusta or Arabica beans. Meaning, yes any type is okay. The espresso beans is simply a coffee bean that’s roasted more, ground finer and brewed in an espresso machine.
If you see a bag of ground coffee beans that says “espresso” it usually means that the beans are roasted to the espresso point and they’re ground to a fine espresso grind.
Authentic espresso can’t be made in a regular coffee pot. It needs high pressure for the extraction process to really work its magic.
Espresso need some skill to make as it also requires the right tools. But not to worry as there’s lots of espresso ready drinks to make at home.
What does it taste like? Well, since espresso is roasted, ground and brewed differently, it has a unique flavor. Usually a bolder, less acidic taste.