Eli5: What makes an espresso taste so much richer than a brewed coffee (drip coffee, French press, Keurig, etc.)?

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Eli5: What makes an espresso taste so much richer than a brewed coffee (drip coffee, French press, Keurig, etc.)?

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It’s more concentrated. Espresso doesn’t use boiled water, so the most volatile compounds don’t immediately evaporate. There’s also less water, so per unit of liquid, there’s more coffee

It has to do with the way it’s pressed thru the grinds too. Espresso is much slower and more pressurized. Look up the FLAIR ESPRESSO PRESS. It’s a manual press that gives you a pretty good view of how espresso differs from coffee.

Also the pressure squeezes out oils which become the crema. This doesnt happen with the others