What is an Espresso?
We have all heard the word "espresso" (expressed) and many of us have tried it. But what is it exactly? An espresso is a concentrated form of coffee that is served in shots. It is made of any coffee beans that are ground very finely and by forcing pressurized almost boiling water through them by using an espresso machine. Of course, the freshness of the coffee used gives better results. By using organic beans, no harmful chemicals are extracted. You then get a liquid that is stronger than coffee with a foam on top. The "crema" which is the name of the foam that adds to the flavor and lingering taste of the espresso. This Italian method of making coffee was introduced in 1884 by Angelo Moriondo of Turino. It would be years later in 1901, and after many improvements that the espresso bar was produced industrially, by Desiderio Pavoni of Milan.
Because it is concentrated, espresso contains more caffeine than brewed coffee. But because it is served in a small shot glass, it has a lesser amount than your usual morning cup. Not everyone drinks their espresso in shots, some of us prefer it in the Americano, latte, macchiato and cappuccino alternatives. I will always remember my first experience with the espresso, its velvety texture was truly divine. No matter how we like this Italian marvel, it surely gives us that jolt of needed energy while pleasing our appreciative taste buds!