The Ultimate Guide to Coffee Terminology (Concentrates vs. Cold Brew vs. Espresso)

The Ultimate Guide to Coffee Terminology (Concentrates vs. Cold Brew vs. Espresso)

Oftentimes the terminology of coffee can be confusing. There’s cold brew, concentrate, drip, espressos, and even more seemingly foreign and complex terms. Perhaps you’re a coffee lover and daily coffee drinker, looking to explore brew options to understand the differences between each. Thankfully, you’re reading the right article as we will explain what coffee concentrate and espressos are and guide you through the process of finding your perfect coffee match – you might even consider us your Coffee Tinder. 

So, let’s start with the basics. 

What is coffee concentrate?

Coffee concentrate is essentially what it sounds like: concentrated coffee that is made from a slow extraction process involving lower temperature water. These concentrates usually have more caffeine than your typical brewed coffee and can be sweeter. Coffee concentrate is also more versatile in use as it can be made into cold and hot beverages as well as specialty drinks and desserts. 

What is cold brew?

Cold brew is made using a brewing process different from your traditional coffee. Instead of hot water, it uses a lower temperature water to soak coffee grounds for a long duration of time. 

Concentrates and cold brew are essentially the same. 

The cold brew process is used to make coffee concentrate. Cold brew describes a unique brewing process whereas concentrates describe a type of drink made from this process. So don’t be confused if we refer to Taya’s products as “cold brew coffee concentrates” because the two terms are interchangeable. 

What is Espresso?

Espresso describes another brewing process, but unlike cold brew, espresso uses pressure and heat to produce a small but powerful shot of caffeine. Espressos can be made with any type of coffee bean, and it has more caffeine than your typical cold brew.  

Now that you understand the key basics of each coffee type, the next step is matchmaking: identify which coffee option is best for you.

Tastes & Consistency 

  • Cold Brew Concentrate - more of a sweet taste that is more watery/light with a smooth consistency 
  • Espresso - more of a bitter taste that is more thick and intense and heavier than your typical coffee brew

  • Caffeine levels & Acidity 

  • Cold Brew Concentrate - Taya’s energy blend is ​​170mg of caffeine/Serving and Taya’s focus blend is 130mg of caffeine/Serving. Concentrates are also less acidic. 
  • Espresso - the average espresso has 64 mg of caffeine/shot and is highly acidic. 

  • Benefits & Effects 

  • Cold Brew Concentrate - Taya’s focus blend is infused with L-Theanine and Lion’s Mane Mushroom to promote cognitive function and concentration, while simultaneously banishing the crash and dreaded coffee jitters. Taya’s energy blend also provides the perfect amount of caffeine to power you through your day (not too much and not too little). Additionally, concentrates are easier to digest and proven to boost mood and metabolism. 
  • Espresso - because of the high caffeine content, Espressos are known to provide high energy and improve focus. However, many people report a case of coffee jitters after drinking too much espresso. 

  • After exploring the taste, content, and benefits of cold brew concentrates and espressos, we hope you gain a better sense of which type is best for you or even just which type of coffee you would like to try next. It’s all about experience. If you’ve decided to try cold brew concentrate, Taya’s energy and focus blends can become your perfect match.



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