CoffeeWhat? – Everything You Need to Know about Espresso

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When I started this blog I had four main topics in mind that were my four main interests at that moment. Marketing, language learning, travel and coffee. I feel that I’ve managed to do a fairly good job with content creation in the first three but not with the last one. I will try to write a bit more about coffee on the blog to the best of my knowledge. That being said I’m not an expert by any standard, but I think I’m a fairly well informed consumer and I have a genuine interest in the topic. I am sure that I’ll learn a thing or two about coffee while writing these posts so come along with me on this journey of learning about your morning cuppa.

From where comes the name? What does “espresso” mean?

As most of the things that have to do with coffee (or good things in life in general) this one also comes from the Italians. The words “caffe espresso” means pressed out coffee.

Origins of the Espresso Machine…

The earliest form of the espresso machine was registered in Turin in 1884. The concept was the same as today for creating the coffee, but it made coffee in bulk, not per cup as we’re used to it these days. The earliest true espresso machine that brewed the stuff per serving was invented in 1901 by Luigi Bezzera. There are many sources discussing this topic but if you want a quick look at what happened after, take a look at La Marzocco’s fun timeline.

What is an Espresso?

An espresso is what many people refer to usually as a short coffee. It is prepared just as the name would suggest. Water under pressure that is just below boiling temperature is forced through finely ground coffee. The water passes through the coffee from 21 to 30 seconds tops, resulting in a drink that is around 50 ml and has a strong flavor and some crema on top (a creamy foam). Ideally it should be drank 10 seconds after it was brewed, according to the experts the taste changes after that. Anyways I like to drink it slow, sip by sip and enjoy it. I can do it as I’m no expert as mentioned above.

 

Is there more caffeine in Espresso?

There is a myth that the espresso is a stronger coffee and it will keep you up all night long or make your heart beat fast. Nothing could be more wrong. The only thing that is stronger in an espresso is the taste. It contains less caffeine. Surprised? I will explain it to you real quick, it all makes sense. Caffeine is soluble in water, so the more water you push through the same amount of coffee, the more caffeine is extracted in your cup.

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