What is espresso?
Espresso is an Italian coffee.
It is a concentrated, thick coffee beverage having a layer of dense foam consisted of water and coffee.
Espresso is created with the espresso machine. The machine brews coffee by forcing pressurized water near boiling point through a basket of tightly packed, finely-ground coffee for a limited amount of time.
The first interesting fact about espresso: Espresso is the name of both a drink and the brewing process
Espresso is not a kind of coffee bean or roast level. It is a drink and the name of the brewing process from which espresso is created.
The second interesting fact about espresso: It has a history of over 100 years
Espresso was invented in Italy in the 20th Century. The espresso machine has been developed through all these years. The earliest known example of an espresso machine belonged to Angelo Moriondo in 1884. The machine was devised and improved in 1901 by Luigi Bezzera.
The third interesting fact about espresso: the word means “to express” in English
We should pronounce espresso “es-press-so”, but it is often pronounced “ex-press-so” incorrectly.
The fourth interesting fact about espresso: It is used as a base for specialty coffee
Italians blend espresso with milk with different ratios to create milk-based coffees such as cappuccino, flat white, and latte. For example, they add foamed milk to a single or double-shot espresso to make a cappuccino.
The fifth interesting fact about espresso: the ‘crema’ is a sign of the freshness of the coffee beans
The creamy, brown, airy liquid extracted with the espresso is called ‘crema’. It sits on top of the drink. The crema lasts for 3 to 5 minutes before being scattered in a fresh espresso.
The sixth interesting fact about espresso: for each shot of espresso you need 42 coffee beans
A typical espresso shot consists of approximately 42-50 coffee beans, but there are other factors at play too.
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The seventh interesting fact about espresso: espresso contains more fat than filtered coffee
There is 2.5 percent fat in an espresso shot. In a filtered coffee there is 0.6 percent fat. This fat is derived from the natural oils existing in the coffee beans
The eighth interesting fact about espresso: modern technology has evolved the process of making espresso
The process of making espresso has changed a lot over time.
The ninth interesting fact about espresso: the difference between traditional drip coffee brewers and espresso machine
The pressure espresso machines produce is 132 pounds per square inch, while traditional drip coffee brewers do not produce any pressure, they just use gravity!
The tenth interesting fact about espresso: You may have already tried espresso without even knowing
If you have ever tried coffees such as mochas, lattes, and cappuccinos you have drunk espresso even if you didn’t know.
The eleventh interesting fact about espresso: Italian government has regulated espresso
Since espresso is important to Italians, and they have invented it, the Italian government regulates its cost.
The twelfth interesting fact about espresso: espresso contains less caffeine
The pressure used in making espresso doesn’t mean it has more caffeine.
The thirteenth interesting fact about espresso: the timing and size is important in brewing espresso
It’s not only the temperature that matters in the process, the extraction of espresso should be timed properly as well. there is an ideal size for espresso too, for a variety of reasons. A big cup will cause the coffee to cold down quickly. The ideal size of the cup for a single-shot espresso is 2 ounces. The cup should be filled 2/3 of the way full. The most suitable material for espresso cups is porcelain.