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by Amanda Salzman Updated: April 28, 2021 1 min read
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It’s bitter, it’s loaded with caffeine, it’s a type of coffee bean. These are all pretty common misconceptions we encounter when people talk to us about espresso. While drip coffee is pretty much universally understood by Americans (it's coffee!), espresso still remains somewhat shrouded in mystery. Today we’ll set the record straight on three common espresso misconceptions.
The big difference is serving size. In the United States, a typical drip coffee serving is 8 ounces resulting in 64 to 120 milligrams of caffeine. A typical double shot of espresso is 2 ounces resulting in 60 to 100 milligrams of caffeine. So by average serving size, the amount of caffeine is about the same for espresso and drip coffee.
And that's why Italians can down 10 single shots of espresso a day while 10 cups of drip coffee would turn most people into a jittery mess.
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