Espresso is made in Italy. It is a drink or it can be the base for other drinks, like coffee. If you are a coffee lover, here are some facts that you might know about espresso. Some might know about this, but most are unaware of it.
First thing first! It is not a synonym for strong coffee or powerful coffee. Let alone espresso being originally from Italy, it can even be drunk with milk. Many countries in the world have developed the taste of their own variant of espresso, which they call ‘espresso’. The beverage’s strength varies per country. There are some that say that there is no exact definition on how to make an espresso. Some makers actually use steam while making this drink instead of water so why is it called espresso? Basically, it does not have any one fixed way to prepare an espresso drink. Users simply cannot define exactly when an espresso has been made because there are so many ways to do it.
Espresso is a form of coffee that has been in the market since the 1800’s, in Italy in fact. Almost immediately, this product became popular from being sold by street vendors from their carts and even from walking around with them or pushing them. At first, espresso was made using a steam-driven piston pump which they used to extract water through the coffee beans so as to produce a very thick concentrate. This thick concentrate was called ‘espresso’. In Italian, espresso means “pressed out.” The name was given because when you push something out, it comes out quickly and forcefully just like how with an espresso machine works. Then during World War II people had difficulty getting this drink because its popularity had spread worldwide and because there was a shortage of coffee and other products.
The first espresso machine that used an electric motor to do the extraction came in 1927 and it is called the ‘Cremina’ which was manufactured by Achille Gaggia. The Cremina worked like this: cold water from a reservoir goes through pipes to reach the boiler, where it gets heated up. This hot water is forced through finely ground coffee beans which are held in a filter basket or sieve at high pressure so as to extract all of their flavor and concentrate them into one cup. Espresso machines today come in various forms and designs but they all work based on these basic concepts: using boiling water under pressure produces dense rich beverage that we call espresso.
Espressos taste like coffee, but its intensity and flavor is stronger. Usually it has a layer of foam on top. Espresso can be topped with whipped cream or with chocolate; when this is done, they call it ‘macchiato’. This drink is the perfect match for desserts that contain chocolate. It goes well with cakes and even muffins. You can save money if you buy espresso-based products because most of them are sold in single servings. The cost does not really go up just because you use more than one serving at a time so there’s no need to worry about wasting anything.
The price of an espresso machine depends on what brand and type you will get so there’s no definite answer. There are affordable brands for usually under $100 and there’s also high-end espresso machines that can be bought by professionals. Some coffee makers choose to stick with the stovetop ones because they claim that it tastes better than other types of espresso machines.
If you want a cup of coffee, I suggest that you go for an Americano drink instead of getting an espresso or if you absolutely want it then make sure to get one shot only. If you are not used to too much caffeine then try having half shots only rather than full shots since this drink contains twice as much caffeine compared to regular coffee. It is advisable to take it gradually even if you are already used to drinking strong coffee regularly because your might suffer from severe headaches if you suddenly drink an espresso.
I hope that this article helped you understand what an espresso is and why it has also been called “expresso”.