What is Cold Pressed Espresso?

Espresso is the favorite of many coffee drinkers and with cold-pressed espresso there is now another option to enjoy it.

What is cold-pressed espresso?

The simplest definition is that a cold-pressed espresso is a combination of traditional espresso (a concentrated shot of 30-40 milliliters of coffee) and cold water in which the ground coffee has steeped for a specified number of hours.

This can be a bit confusing as it is very different from preparing a Cold Brew coffee is similar.

However, there are other important characteristics that are often overlooked when identifying or preparing a cold-pressed espresso. Although the water must be kept cold, a certain amount of pressure is required to force the water through the coffee maker without heating it.

How is cold-pressed espresso prepared?

Although we have already told a little about the preparation of this new type of espresso, now we are going to explain how to prepare it at home in a very simple and detailed way.

What is to be considered?

The temperature of the water is not as important as the pressure. However, the taste of the espresso can vary when it is made with hot or cold water. With cold water, it’s a bit more difficult to extract the flavor and aroma of your coffee, so you’ll want to vary the process you’re used to.

The preparation of cold-pressed espresso

  • You need a manual espresso machine or failing that, a lever espresso machine.
  • In order to achieve a better degree of extraction and solubility, which corresponds to the temperature of the hot water, it is advisable to increase the amount of coffee in the preparation.
  • A longer pre-infusion is necessary, 120 to 180 seconds is sufficient.

Cold pressed espresso is not the same as a cold Brew?

The difference between these two preparations, so similar at first glance, lies in the efficiency of the extraction of flavors and aromas.

Basically, cold-pressed espresso is likely to contain more of these compounds due to the volatile chemical compound content in the coffee beans. This coffee is therefore more aromatic.

In addition, cold-pressed espresso not only has a strong aroma, but also more acidity and intensity. Cold Brew, on the other hand, is milder and sweeter.

The future and projection of cold-pressed espresso

So far, cold-pressed espresso has not been very successful with consumers. Appropriate machines are still missing to use this type of preparation. We’ll see if that changes in the future, or if cold-pressed espresso is just a passing fad.