Does Grinding Coffee Finer Make It Stronger?

cup of coffee against fine grounds

When it comes to brewing a good cup of coffee, grind size is more important than many joe-lovers might realize. The size of a coffee’s grind determines how much the water comes in contact with the coffee, and, consequently, how quickly the flavors and caffeine in the coffee are released. So, does a fine ground … Read more

Can You Use Regular Coffee For Espresso?

espresso brewing

Espresso is regular coffee. Whether you are getting it whipped up by a barista at your local coffee shop or making it at home, the base of espresso is still just coffee. So, the answer is ‘Yes! You can use regular coffee for espresso!’ In fact, you use regular coffee every time you make espresso. … Read more

Is There A Difference Between Coffee Beans and Espresso Beans?

cup of coffee with beans

When you’re standing in the coffee aisle of your favorite grocery store trying to choose between the bounty of delectable-sounding offerings, you will likely notice some coffee roasts labeled as “coffee” while others are labeled as “espresso.” But espresso IS just coffee, right? So, what’s the sitch with the weird labeling? Is there a difference … Read more

Is Espresso Stronger Than Coffee?

When you’re trying to cut back on (or just monitor) your caffeine intake, knowing how much caffeine is in each drink is essential. Often, when people are comparing “strength” in caffeinated beverages, caffeine amount is what they mean. But there is also the little matter of flavor/boldness, which can also be a meaning of the … Read more

Is Espresso Good For You?

We all want to believe it, that that morning cuppa we grab on the way to work each day does our bodies good. And it’s not just a hopeful fantasy. There’s solid evidence to prove drinking coffee, including espresso, is one of those super beneficial things we can do for our health. In short: Yes! … Read more

Espresso Drinks (A Verbal & Visual Guide)

An espresso drink is any drink that contains espresso. (A complex and in-depth definition, I know.) It doesn’t matter if that drink is hot or cold, how much milk or foam it has, or how lost the espresso gets inside it (though, it’s hard to truly lose espresso in other things). As long as there’s … Read more

What Coffee Does McDonald’s Use?

woman drinking mcdonald's coffee

As a coffee drinker, there are a few universal truths and one of those truths is that McDonald’s has damn good coffee for a fast food restaurant. I’ve always wondered why their coffee is so much better than similar fast food places, or even the gas station coffee. Well, it all comes down to the … Read more

Understanding Starbucks Drink Sizes (And Cup Sizes)

Let’s be frank, for originating in a country that uses “small,” “medium,” and “large” pretty much universally, Starbucks’ drink sizing is just… well… weird. I mean, what’s up with the mixture of English and Italian? Why is a “tall” not all that tall? And what’s with the (somewhat) hidden drink sizes? While you can never … Read more

Starbucks Drinks: Everything You Need To Know

Starbucks coffee cup

If you’ve never been in a Starbucks before, first of all congratulations on the amazing feat. Over the past 20 years, Starbucks has made it to nearly every Main Street in America of a certain size, and, it often seems, to every other corner in big cities. Not that we’ve got a problem with Starbucks … Read more