Espresso, a great small cup of joe. Many people think of espresso as a particular type of coffee, but it’s really a brewing method which requires forcing very hot water through very finely ground coffee.
Traditionally in Italy, considered the “birthplace” of espresso, different dark roast levels are preferred in different parts of the country. Any roast level can be used to create authentic espresso. Italians do prefer blending Arabica beans with Robusta beans, which have twice the amount of caffeine. This produces espresso with more kick, but also more acidity and the corresponding bitterness.
In the 1980’s, Americans began acquiring a taste for espresso. In subsequent decades it became not only a popular “stand alone” beverage but also began to be used as the basis for many other beverages. The list keeps getting longer, macchiato, cappuccino, latte and with the addition of flavored syrups and extracts, many more. Here at Keen’s Beans we have a great number of customers that use our organic Vienna dark roast to make their espresso. It creates a rich, thick, very tasty brew without the associated bitterness. Grown on our farm in the mountains of Costa Rica, Keen’s organic coffee beans offer great flavor without an overload of caffeine or acidity. No matter which method of preparation you use, it’s truly a flavorful experience.