Up until the last few years — when pour-over coffee started garnering cult status in the specialty coffee world, making filter coffee cool again — espresso had often been deemed by many as the "best" way to drink coffee. When it was introduced in the United States, a country where we had become used to drinking drip coffee, it was an entirely new way to experience coffee. The new method of preparing coffee revolutionized the American coffee industry, leading to a growth in espresso-based drinks and changing how we consume our favorite drink.
But while some might place espresso at the top of the hierarchy, there's no one brew method that is better than another. There are, however, some differences between the two.