What is espresso? Italian espresso coffee facts
What is espresso? Espresso is coffee brewed by forcing a small amount of nearly boiling water under pressure through finely ground coffee beans. Espresso is generally thicker than coffee brewed by other methods, has a higher concentration of suspended and dissolved solids, and has crema on top (a foam with a creamy consistency). As a result of the pressurized brewing process, the flavors and chemicals in a typical cup of espresso are very concentrated. Let's check out our list of interesting espresso coffee facts to know more about Italian espresso coffee, espresso beans, espresso cups, machines. Drink facts
Italian espresso coffee facts
Despite the mechanics of the machines used to make espresso, many coffee lovers will tell you that making the perfect espresso is as much an art as it is a science.
There are four factors to consider when it comes to making a great shot of traditional, Italian espresso: macinazione (or, the proper grinding of the beans), miscela (the coffee blend), macchina (the machine), and finally mano, literally "hand," meaning the person actually manning the machine. If we’re talking true Italian espresso, these four M’s are an absolute must.
Espresso has no set taste. Just like wine, there are different elements that come together to develop the taste of a cup of espresso. Different regions' beans, the amount of water, the pressure used, and the crema (the thin layer of foam formed by the pressurized coffee going into the cup) are all factors in how an espresso will taste. The term espresso refers to just the style of preparation.
It doesn’t have more Caffeine than traditional drip coffee. Espresso is a concentrated version of coffee, so it does have more caffeine per unit volume, but the serving size is much smaller. The smaller the cup, the smaller amount of caffeine.
It has three components. The crema (or top layer that is thin, sweet, and foamy), the body, and the heart make up the components. The heart is the bottom of the shot that contains the bitterness commonly associated with espresso.
It was invented in the early 1900s. During Italy’s Industrial Revolution, factory bosses wanted to shorten coffee breaks for workers they felt were dilly-dallying over too big a cup. Eager to answer solve the problem, Luigi Bezzerra built a machine that could make a concentrated cup of coffee in as little as 30 seconds. The pour was shorter but the taste and power were much stronger. That is when the first single-serve espresso machine was created.
Espresso beans - Espresso facts
It will start to lose flavor within minutes of being brewed. This is why many Europeans drink espresso like a shot rather than sip it like coffee.
It’s regulated by the Italian government. This is because it is considered an essential part of the country’s daily lifestyle. It’s as simple as that. In order to regulate it, the government simply oversees its consumption and prices. Standing at the bar? Good, because the cost of espresso is a lot more expensive if you ask to sit at a table.
Not just any cup will do when making and drinking espresso. The cup should be larger than 2 ounces, which is enough to hold a one and a half ounce pour of espresso (or one shot). If a cup is too large, the espresso will cool down too quickly.
The ideal brewing temperature for Espresso is 190 Degrees F. And, to serve a perfect espresso, your porcelain cup should be warmed to between 160 and 165 degrees. Careful, it’s hot!
There is no such thing as an Espresso bean. Espresso is actually a type of brew that forces high-temperature water through finely ground beans. You can make espresso out of any coffee beans, as long as they’re dark roasted. The grind and preparation are what makes it espresso.
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