Espresso Coffee

It is a common misconception that espresso beans are a completely different type of coffee bean compared with that of regular coffee. Espresso can be made with almost any type of coffee bean, but certain beans have unique characteristics that lend themselves to making the perfect espresso. In fact, contrary to popular belief, the term ‘espresso’ is predominantly in reference to the process required for creating the beverage. It is typically served in ‘shots’, and is almost always made by forcing pressurised, hot water through finely ground coffee beans.

For an espresso coffee, the beans will generally be roasted for longer, giving a darker roast. This roast is absolutely vital when it comes to espresso coffee making. Lighter roasts tend to result in a coffee which has a more complex character. This often showcases the origin of the bean, although it will generally be more bitter in flavour. With darker roasts, however, that trademark complexity and original character is usually lost, but instead, these types of espresso coffees will offer sweetness from caramelised sugars. Yet espresso coffee is, for the most, famed for its strong, intense flavour, and that can only be achieved by using darker roasts.

For many, Espresso coffee is seen as a ‘pick-me-up’ first thing in the morning. Perhaps you have had an early start, need to catch a train or simply do not have enough energy to get you through the day; for these reasons, this brew might just be the answer.


Espresso coffee has a higher concentration of caffeine per ounce compared with that of regular coffee, making it an excellent choice for starting your morning. However, it also has so much more to offer. The typical richness of espresso coffee ensures bold character and unique flavour. Unlike your tequilas, schnapps, and vodkas, espresso shots are to be sipped and enjoyed, rather than ‘downed’. This way, you are guaranteed to experience the full potential of each one of our quality-assured espresso coffees.

Here at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, we offer a wide range of some of the very best espresso coffee beans in the UK, including our Pluckley Espresso Roast Coffee, Java Santos Espresso Coffee, and our Rainforest Alliance Espresso Roast Coffee. We also have a daily roasting program to ensure our Espresso Coffees are of the finest quality. Our espresso coffee beans can either be supplied as whole beans or as ground coffee, the latter of which can come in many different grinds to suit coffee makers, as well as to cater to personal preference. For Trade Customers, we supply whole espresso coffee beans in 6 kilo bags.

Choosing espresso is ultimately choosing a sensation catered to the palate. It is no longer just for the adventurous, with its popularity now increasing at a rapid rate.