Can I Make Espresso With
Regular Coffee Beans?

Regular coffee beans can be used in an espresso machine, but you may wind up with a less-than-desirable cup of coffee if you use them in that fashion. We recommend that you use dark roasts to produce better-tasting espresso with a thicker, more luxurious crema.

Coffee beans are any bean that has been roasted and prepared for use in brewing coffee. If you want to taste the full distinctive flavor of your bean, you can opt for a light roast, which can vary depending on which country the bean was sourced from.

The roasting process is the most important step in the production of all types of coffee beans. As a result, there is a significant difference in taste and flavor, as well as in the brewing method used. Generally, light roasts work best with a slower extraction method, such as a filter coffee, according to conventional wisdom. Darker roasts, on the other hand, are best served with a quick method such as espresso.

Non-pressure brew styles, like pour over coffee or cold brew coffee, use light-roasted beans that lack an oily sheen and thus taste better in a variety of coffees, including white coffee.

Different flavor profiles are produced with different degrees of roasting, and according to the bean origin, the various styles of brewing can use these beans.

On the other hand, beans that have been roasted in a dark-roasted state are distinguished by their deep brown color and oily, glossy surface. In the majority of cases, espresso is brewed using a dark roast.

For espresso beans, the common type is a dark roast, as this level is the one where acidity is the least and the coffee has a richer body. Though it will have slightly more hints of the natural coffee bean flavor, you'll still be able to taste it. Espresso beans are delicious.

When it comes to the dark roast of espresso beans, they are particularly high in natural oils, resulting in an oily sheen on the beans. While oils used in coffee help make the so-called espresso crema, the emulsification of these oils, along with other components in coffee, yields an excellent result. Beans should be roasted to a medium color, but using those that have been roasted too dark could cause problems in automatic coffee grinders.

Even using high-quality beans to make espresso may not result in the kind of cup of coffee you expect in a “perfect shot.” There are light and dark varieties; some are just right, and others may be too done.

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OCM ( was started in 2007 with the first webpage about coffee machines. And for a number of years, we focused on helping people find their desired coffee machine (we still are helping folks with that! So, if you are looking for coffee machines for office or restaurants - check out the link). 

In 2010, we started getting enquiries on restaurant marketing and we start to help food and beverage brands with their marketing. Below are campaigns and events that we have done over the years: 

OCM's campaigns: F&B Marketing Ideas by OCM 

OCM's Events: F&B Industry events by or with OCM

Check out this restaurant marketing guide to learn more about the many campaigns and companies we have worked with. 

Since then, we have also created many marketing workshops and classes for the F&B industry. Many of these modules are still running in tertiary institutions such as Temasek Polytechnic Skillsfuture Academy and also ITE College East COC classes, below are some snippets of our lectures and workshops: 

OCM’s F&B workshops: Food and Beverage Marketing Lectures | Workshops - click to watch classes on customer journey map, JTBD and more. 

So, if you are looking for industry practitioners to help you scale your coffee or F&B businesses, do drop us a message or book an appointment. Do also check out our various social media platforms on regular F&B and coffee market updates: 

For regular coffee (F&B) related videos: OCM Youtube

For Daily Coffee Inspiration (fun coffee content): OCM IG

For insights into the coffee (F&B) industry: OCM LinkedIN 

PS: For the coffee lovers, we continue to share coffee articles (and videos) and have also started a free coffee class section (with free online coffee training supported by coffee partners).

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