The first myth that we will be debunking is that an espresso has more caffeine than a normal cup of drip coffee.
You'll notice that if you offer someone an espresso, they'll look at you with questioning eyes, wondering whether or not you are being serious.
Chances are that this person thinks you are trying to poison them. Of course the poison here being that of caffeine. Instead, they will respectfully decline and opt out for the "safer" alternative, drip coffee. And off this person goes, unaware and over-caffeinated for the rest of the day.
So why does an espresso have such a misrepresentation in the coffee industry? Well, it's simple actually. An espresso has more caffeine per ounce when compared to drip coffee, and since it is highly concentrated, it tastes stronger. But, how many ounces of espresso are you actually drinking?
An average cup of drip coffee (let's say only 8 ounces) contains 80 milligrams of caffeine. Of course it differs based on bean selection, roast time, extraction percentages, and time. But we will just keep it simple with an average number of 80 milligrams.
How much caffeine is there in an espresso? For an average two or three ounce espresso, there is surprisingly only 70 ounces of caffeine.
Now I know I am not the only person that drinks more than 8 ounces of drip coffee, so my caffeine intake is much higher when comparing it with a single espresso drink.
So the next time someone looks at you like you are crazy for offering them an espresso, tell them the truth. No, not the truth that you are crazy, the truth about the espresso myth.
For those of you that mix drip coffee with your espresso, you're doing something right in life.
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