The Meaning of Espresso: Is it a Bean or Something Else?

Many people wonder what espresso actually means.

After buying “chocolate covered espresso beans”, people look strangely at the bag and think surely espresso is the bean itself. Some are left to wonder if espresso is a darkly roasted coffee because of its kick-you-in-the-face coffee flavor and caffeine. Others believe espresso has a different name entirely and pronounce it “expresso.”

However, we are here to tell you: espresso is not a type of bean or roast or spelled with an “x”. Espresso is a way of making coffee. It is prepared by pushing water through finely ground coffee to create a very, concentrated 1-2 oz. shot of coffee. It is often made from a mixture of roasts and varietals to create a strong flavor.

You can tell you have a good espresso when it is covered in a layer of crema. Crema is a the thick, creamy layer of foam that balances on top of the espresso shot. It is created from the water being forced at a high pressure through the coffee grounds.

Espresso is appreciated all over the world. It is more popular in Europe than America, especially in Italy. People are often afraid to try espresso, because they think it will have a dark, burnt taste. But really, espresso is the perfect caffeinated sip that is truly an art and a science.

Raising Our Tiny Espresso Cups, 

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