National Espresso Day:
Celebrated annually every November 23rd, the National Espresso Day honors the espresso and the espresso machine that has kept all the espresso lovers energized for work or any lousy day! Do you love espresso too? Or just curious what this day is all about? Read on!
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Why Espresso Day?
Espresso is a favorite among working professionals as it gives the jitters and vibrations that are much needed to fulfill deadlines! Espresso Day celebrates the history of Espresso and the various coffee drinks it has inspired!
It’s interesting how espresso did not get its name due to a different coffee bean or the rate of roasting. The word espresso is derived from the Italian term “e’ spresso” meaning “quick in time”!
Back in the 19th century, Angelo Moriondo invented the first coffee machine that used steam and water separately to brew the coffee. But his machine did not prepare for individual serving.
In 1901, Luigi Bezzera improvised the coffee machine to serve individuals instant coffee. Luigi wanted to minimize the time employees took for coffee breaks and thus enhance productivity, leading to the origin of the first Espresso machine! The high-pressure water used to mix with the ground coffee beans delivered better flavor! This patent was then purchased by Desiderio Pavoni who then began producing these machines for commercial purposes in Milan!
High-pressure water comes in contact with fresh-fine ground coffee beans resulting in a concentrated coffee brew along with the crema (the foam)! The crema is important as it balances the bitterness by adding a slightly sweet taste. The foam consists of oils and concentrated sugars from the beans!
The Espresso machines and the Espresso we have is all the byproduct of these inventions and improvisations! So espresso is not about the beans, it’s all about how they are brewed.
The Espresso machines today cater to the fresh ground coffee beans that are freshly brewed for you! You could enjoy espresso as it is or blend it to get a Cappuccino or a Latte! A single shot of Espresso perks evens the slowest of days! No wonder there is a day dedicated to celebrating the Espresso!
How Can We Celebrate National Espresso Day?
- Have espresso today!
Get your hands on some Espresso today! If you like your plain black coffee or don’t like coffee at all, try an Espresso today! If you are already in love with it, today you are allowed extra shots! Well, don’t overdo it!
- Request for an espresso demo!
Curious how espresso is made? Head to your favorite Barista and ask them for a demo today! The process is fascinating! The fresh ground coffee beans and its infusion with steam are just out of the world experience!
- Use espresso powder for baking today!
Use some espresso powder to give a mocha flavor to your pastries and cookies today!
- Try the espresso balsamic vinegar!
Add a twist to your meat marinades with some espresso balsamic vinegar!
- Try the ‘caffe affogato’ today!
Another perfect way to celebrate the day is to go have the “Caffe affogato”! It’s a simple dessert created by pouring a hot espresso shot over a vanilla ice cream scoop!
- Share your espresso love on social media!
This National Espresso Day, show your love for espresso on social media with pictures, new recipes, and blogs! Encourage friends and family to try espresso today using hashtags #NationalEspressoday and #EspressoDay.
Interesting Facts About National Espresso Day:
Here are some interesting facts about Espresso to add more vibrance to your celebrations!
- Your one espresso shot needs 50 coffee beans
- You need to consume ground coffee freshly brewed as it loses its flavor within an hour! That’s why it’s consumed like shots!
- Espresso was not invented as a type of coffee, but rather a process of brewing coffee using high-pressure hot water and ground coffee beans for about 30 seconds
- If you want your Espresso to have the perfect flavor, gently stir it before consuming it!
- Italians like their espresso with medium roast coffee beans while Americans like it dark roast!
- After oil, the largest traded commodity across the world is coffee!
- Espresso contains less caffeine and more fat per cup than your regular black coffee
- International space station astronauts can enjoy freshly brewed espresso since 2015!
- The prices of espresso are regulated by the government in Italy just like wine in France
History Of National Espresso Day:
The origin and the creator of National Espresso Day remain unknown as per our research until further findings. This day is celebrated as an unofficial fun holiday by all the Espresso lovers and coffee cafes across the nation!