If French is the language of love, then Italian is the language of coffee! The reason? Espresso, born in Italy, is the basis of all Italian-named coffee drinks. From cappuccino to macchiato to latte, they all start with espresso! Let’s take a look at this key component of Italian coffee.
Espresso is a very concentrated shot of coffee that results from forcing nearly-boiling water through finely ground coffee. Early espresso machines used steam pressure to force the water through the grounds. Today there are many different methods of extracting espresso, from manual and automatic machines to stovetop espresso makers.
As the water blasts through the coffee, all the flavor, oils, sugars and proteins are released and dissolved in the liquid. The resulting mixture, while small in volume, is slightly thick, with a very strong, rich flavor. Gently resting on top is the crema (foam), which many experts say indicates the quality of the espresso. Traditionally, espresso is served in a small, porcelain cup, alone or with any number of add-ins and toppings: cream, liquor, warm milk, chocolate – the list is long, just pick your favorite. The extracted shot can also be used in many other coffee drinks, as mentioned above.
We have a huge selection of espresso beans, ground espresso and even decaffeinated espresso. And, we have these Italian coffees in roasts that can prepared in a regular coffee maker. The options are endless! Even better, our prices make it easy to espresso yourself!
This week, order from our selection of coffees from specialty brands Kimbo, Lavazza and Hausbrandt and we will give you 15% off your order, no minimum purchase required at EnjoyBetterCoffee.com.*
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Discount valid from 09/08/19 through 11:59PM ET on 09/10/19 at EnjoyBetterCoffee.com with no minimum order required for the following brands only: Lavazza, Kimbo, and Hausbrandt. Not valid with other coupons or discounts, special sale or case sale products. Questions? Call us at 800.582.6617 Mon-Fri 9AM-5PM ET.
Espresso became popular in the first half of the 20th century in Italy with the development of machines specially built to make coffee. Espresso bars became a place to meet and socialize.
Our range of premium espresso options include one of our favorite brands, Kimbo, based in Naples since its inception. Try Kimbo Macinato Fresco, a medium roast, full flavored, with sweet notes. Kimbo produces several roasts in whole bean: Premium Espresso Bar (dark, intense); Extra Cream Espresso (medium roast, full flavor); Superior Blend (light roast, medium body, sweet notes); and, Espresso Napoletano (medium/dark roast, rich).
Legendary Italian brand, Lavazza, is “The coffee of Wimbledon.” Lavazza early on started artistically blending beans of different origins to create new coffee flavors. Try any of our Lavazza range, starting with these two favorites: Qualita Rossa, available in ground and whole bean, is a blend of Robusta and Arabica beans, medium roast, good for any time. Qualita Oro, made from 100% Arabica beans, is full-bodied, with a good crema, and available in ground and whole beans. See all our Lavazza products on their brand’s page.
Trieste, the Italian port city where coffee first made its way into Europe, is home to Caffe Hausbrandt. We recommend any of their beans: Classic Espresso, which is 100% Arabica with a medium body; Gourmet is spicy, with citrus and slightly sweet notes; Gourmet Columbus is one of Hausbrandt’s premium blends, with a delicate and balanced flavor. Trieste Espresso is full-bodied, with a toasty aroma, and notes of baked goods, cocoa and anise. H. Hausbrandt whole beans, a little sweet, and a little spicy, medium roast, with nut and cocoa notes. Check out the Hausbrandt page for additional available roasts.
Recipe: Espresso Martini
If you have never had an espresso martini, you don’t know what you are missing! Here is the classic recipe created when a model came into a London brasserie and asked for a stiff drink that would wake her up.
• 2 parts vodka
• 1 part Kahlua (coffee liqueur)
• 1 part fresh espresso
• ½ part simple syrup (or to taste)
• 3 coffee beans to garnish
1. Mix all the ingredients except the beans in a shaker full of ice and shake hard for 30 seconds.
2. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with the beans centered on the froth.
As always, enjoy better coffee and thanks from the EnjoyBetterCoffee Team!