Written by Karen Bates (last updated December 14, 2020)
Coffee is one of the best-known drinks in the world, and many people enjoy it every day. First thing in the morning, a cup of coffee can help you get going and start your day with a boost of caffeine. It can also pull you out of a midday slump with a jolt of energy whenever you need it.
Although not everyone enjoys the taste or effects of coffee, a lot of us have a specific kind of coffee that we enjoy on a regular basis. There are different ways to prepare coffee drinks, and you can always try something new if you are interested in a fresh take on coffee.
One variety of coffee is espresso. Espresso coffee is a drink that originated in Italy in the late 1800s and is still loved today. Espresso is similar to regular drip coffee, but with several differences. The preparation method for espresso varies from normal coffee, since brewing it requires high pressure and results in a stronger, somewhat thicker liquid. Espresso is made using hotter water and beans that are more finely ground than coffee, and it has a crema, or foam, at the top. It is often served as a "shot" since it is stronger than a normal cup of coffee.
Although espresso coffee can be enjoyed by itself, it can also be a base for other kinds of coffee drinks. Cappaccino, macchiato, lattes, and mochas can all use espresso as an ingredient. This adds a strong, delicious flavor to the coffee drink.
To make espresso coffee at home, you should purchase an espresso machine. Because some machines are better than others, you should take a close look at the various features offered by the different machines and research before you buy. If you pick the right espresso machine, you will be able to have delicious espresso coffee drinks at home whenever you like.
Espresso coffee is a great drink that you can enjoy at the coffee shop or at home if you have an espresso machine. You can mix it with other ingredients to create various coffee drinks, or just sip it on its own for its great taste and energizing caffeine content. If you haven't had espresso coffee before, give it a try instead of regular coffee for something new.
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For the best possible results, use coffee beans that have been freshly roasted within the last couple of days. The difference in taste is night and day. Even coffee that was roasted only a week ago will taste significantly worse than coffee that was roasted yesterday. Also, a 'burr' type of grinder makes much better coffee than a 'chopper/slicer' type.