If you are someone who enjoys coffee or even someone who needs coffee to survive, you have probably tried espresso before.
Some people love espresso because it is a quick and easy way to get their daily caffeine fix, while others don’t love it because it can be a sort of intense experience.
Benefits to Drinking Espresso
Many people who don’t even drink coffee are aware that there are a lot of different health benefits when you do drink it. Drinking espresso can actually have more health benefits than drinking regular coffee.
First, unlike drip coffee and specialty coffees such as lattes, espresso doesn’t have any added creamer, sugar, syrups, or flavoring. A lot of the time, specialty coffees and coffee creamers contain a ton of extra sugar, which means extra calories and added risks of certain diseases such as high blood sugar.
Next, some studies have shown that drinking espresso can strengthen your long-term memory and improve your concentration. This is because espresso gives you an energy and dopamine boost that can help increase brain function.
Another important benefit to drinking espresso is that it aids in weight loss and helps prevent diabetes. In an article, it is suggested that in addition to the energy boost you are getting when you have an espresso, it can help prevent muscle soreness.
Having more energy and less sore muscles means that you can work out harder. When you are a healthy weight for your body type, the risk of developing diseases such as diabetes will be much lower.
In the article mentioned above, espresso can be beneficial in a number of other ways. These include but are not limited to: increased digestion, decreased chance of developing cancer, improved mood, and a lower chance of developing a stroke.
Espresso also contains a high level of antioxidants, which help your body get rid of unwanted toxins.
Health Benefits of Water
In a Health Line article, there are at least seven different scientifically proven health benefits to drinking enough water.
These include but are not limited to: increased energy levels and brain function, headache prevention and treatment, help with weight loss, and possible treatment of kidney stones.
Just the same as drinking espresso, drinking water helps with weight loss, energy levels, and brain function. This is because dehydration can have a huge impact on your body. Being dehydrated can even cause moodiness, fatigue, and lack of motivation.
Being well hydrated can help with weight management. Again, hydration is the reason why. When you are hydrated, your metabolic rate can sometimes increase.
When your metabolic rate is higher, it makes burning calories more easy; when your metabolic rate is lower, it makes burning additional calories a little more difficult.
Water and Espresso
Because we know the benefits to both espresso and water, it kind of just makes sense that consuming them together would be pretty good for you.
Some restaurants and coffee shops will actually serve a glass of water to anyone who orders an espresso. If they don’t, you can always ask them to bring one over to your table.
In an article by Coffee With The Queen, the author explains that there are a number of different ways that you can enjoy espresso by adding water. The amount of water you have in your espresso can alter the extraction of flavor.
The extraction process, the darkness of the roast, and the quality of beans you use will determine the flavor of your espresso.
For example if you have less water, your espresso will taste different than if you brewed your espresso with more water. You can also add more water to espresso that has already been brewed, which will leave you with a smooth and light-tasting drink.
How to Make Espresso
If you have an espresso machine at home, then you’re all set to enjoy espresso with added water. If you don’t, an article by Roasty Coffee explains how you can make espresso without an espresso machine.
Since espresso is generally made with dark roast beans, it is important to grind them as finely as possible. Besides an espresso maker, the next most common way to make espresso is by using a French press.
It is recommended, however you choose to make your espresso, that you use two tablespoons of coffee grounds for every cup of water. The first thing you need to do when making espresso with a French press is to boil some water.
Next, add your coffee grounds to your French press and then add the boiling water to your French press.
After this, close the lid to your French press and let your coffee steep for about four or five minutes. If you want a stronger-tasting espresso, you can always steep your coffee longer. The longer you steep your coffee, the darker your espresso will come out.
Make sure that you don’t accidentally over-steep your espresso. Over-steeping can lead to over-extraction, which can make your espresso end up tasting dry and bitter.
As a general rule of thumb, after you steep your coffee the first time, you should only steep it again for another one to two minutes.
The last step before you can enjoy your espresso is to plunge your French press and strain out all the grounds. Now all you have to do is enjoy your watery espresso.
Why Drink Espresso with Water?
There are several different reasons why drinking water with espresso can enhance your coffee-drinking experience.
As stated previously, both water and espresso have a ton of different benefits. If you are an avid espresso drinker or just trying it for the first time, another reason to drink water with your espresso is to cleanse your palate.
Some coffee shops and restaurants actually give their customers a glass of water to drink before the espresso to act as a palate cleanser.
The idea is that if you drink espresso without water, you are missing out on the full espresso experience. With a cleansed palate, you’ll be able to enjoy your espresso’s rich flavor much more.
Some surveys and articles even claim that the best water to use as a palate cleanser is sparkling water. In an article by Sprudge, the author actually shares the “correct” way to drink espresso and water, claiming that the first sip of water is to cleanse your palate so you know if the shot of espresso is good or not.
If the shot was good, you are supposed to cleanse your palate again after each sip of espresso, however, if the shot was bad, you should down it as fast as possible and use the rest of your water to cleanse your palate of the bad taste of espresso.
Some people even add water to their espresso to make cappuccinos and lattes.
In the end, though, it just comes down to personal preference. You should drink water with your espresso to enhance your experience and provide you with the added health benefits of hydration, but it really doesn’t matter what order you drink them in.