August 26, 2010 1:40 PM Subscribe
What's the difference between an espresso blend and regular whole bean coffee?
posted by Sara C. to Food & Drink (16 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
The reason I ask:
Earlier today I stopped in at my neighborhood coffee shop for an iced coffee. They were out of one of the usual options and had subbed in Intelligentsia's Black Cat, which is listed online as an espresso blend.
Usually, I dislike black coffee. I'm trying to develop a taste for different origins and roast profiles, so I usually take a sip or two before adding milk and sugar. But generally my reaction is, "ok, interesting... Milk and sugar nao, plz!" When I took a sip of the Black Cat, I had the opposite reaction and drank the whole thing black. It was the best iced coffee I'd ever had in my life.
Do I suddenly enjoy black coffee? Are the beans used for espresso fundamentally different-tasting as compared to beans used for other extractions? Is Black Cat just that amazing?
I tend to equally dislike black coffee from a drip coffee maker, press pot, cold brewed, pretty much any way I've ever tried it before. I don't usually order straight up espresso shots in cafes - if anything, I'll get a flat white or maybe a latte. So I can't compare my love of iced Black Cat with any particular feelings about black espresso shots.