Espresso is made by pushing water through tightly compacted coffee beans housed in a metal basket at a very high pressure to create a vibrant and powerful shot of Coffee which many people prefer to regular Coffee.
Some coffee drinkers like a strong, short, sharp shot that takes seconds to consume hence Espresso, while other drinkers prefer a more substantial drink to sip on that will last a while hence regular coffee.
Can I drink an Espresso the same size as a regular Coffee?
Using an Espresso machine to make a regular sized Coffee Espresso would require ten extraction processes (or 5 if using a double Espresso process) so would be frustratingly time-consuming to make a single mug. Also, Espresso needs to be consumed as soon as it’s made before the layers start separating and the flavour starts deteriorating. By the time your 300ml monster cup of Espresso is made, all the previous layers would have separated. The Espresso will be way past it’s best and will taste wrong.
An Espresso shot contains around 70mg of caffeine less than a regular cup of coffee (300ml of regular coffee contains about 95mg of caffeine) so your 300ml, is 10x serving of Espresso will provide 700mg of caffeine! 400mg per day is the recommended safe limit, do you want nearly double that in one cup?
Finally, all that caffeine in one go might result in an unpleasant and possibly even embarrassing accident
Now you know why Espresso is small.