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What is espresso?
Technically speaking, espresso is both a brewing method and full-flavored coffee of Italian origin. It is brewed by forcing a small amount of nearly boiling water underwater through finely grained ground coffee beans.
Compared to other coffee brewed by other methods, expresso is a bit thicker, has crema on top (crema adds to the rich flavor and alluring aroma of espresso), and has a higher concentration of suspended and dissolved solids.
The presence of crema is an indicator the espresso has been made perfectly by a skilled barista. Often, espresso is served in shots, with each shot measuring 1 ounce. Double espressos are two shots (also called ‘Doppios‘) and are more popular than single espressos.
Whether you opt for a single or double shot, espressos are usually poured into demitasse cups. These are small coffee cups, and you have probably seen them in coffee shops and restaurants. Often most coffee house offers double shots.
The right way to drink espresso
Unlike most drinks like tequila, which you can drink in a single gulp, espresso is different. You are not supposed to gulp your shot at once. So, what is the right way to drink espresso? The recommended way is taking it slowly so you can enjoy it’s full, rich flavor. But again, not too slowly. Try to enjoy your espresso while the crema is still on top, as Business Insider’s Sophie-Clair Hoeller says. You can also add sugar if you like enjoying your coffee sweet.
How to drink espresso
- Order espresso. Visit one of the top coffee shops near you and place your order.
- Drink sparkling water. Why water? You need to sip sparkling water to cleanse your pallet. Oftentimes the barista will serve you a glass of sparkling water.
- Skim the crema. You don’t have to skim; it is optional. Remember the presence of crema is an indicator the espresso is well prepared. The fact that the crema does not actually taste very good is a reason enough why some espresso devotees recommend skimming it off with your spoon.
- Stir your espresso. Keep in mind espresso is not homogeneous. For that reason, you need to stir with a little spoon to have a balanced experience.
- Sip and enjoy. Finally, it is now time to enjoy your espresso. And as we said earlier, sip it slowly so that you can enjoy its rich flavor. You can also order some few accompaniments.
Common espresso drinks
The full flavor of espresso makes it the ideal base for mixing coffee drinks. If you visit popular coffee shops, you will probably notice there are a variety of drinks to choose from which all begin with a shot or two of espresso. Below is a list of common espresso drinks.
- Caffé Americano: A shot of espresso topped with hot water to fill a 6-ounce cup. It’s a nice alternative to drip coffee when you desire a tall drink but still want a rich flavor.
- Cappuccino: A short steamed or frothed milk drink with a single shot of espresso.
- Red Eye: The ultimate caffeine jolt, this drink is a shot of espresso on top of a cup of regular coffee.
- Caffé Latte: A tall steamed milk drink with a double shot of espresso. Lattes are often flavored with syrups.