Thu Nov 23rd

National Espresso Day

On National Espresso Day, get the pure coffee essence. November 23rd is the day whether you sip one cup or keep buzzing all day long.

In Italian, the word espresso (/sprso/; Italian pronunciation: [espr]) means "quick in time." Espresso was simply a cup of coffee expressly made for the individual who was ordering it before the espresso machine was invented. It was also made with recently roasted and freshly ground beans. The cup was brewed shortly before serving. This activity was commonplace in cafés and restaurants in the late 1800s.

Although today's espresso maintains its freshness, it has undergone a change in meaning. We've come to know espresso as a highly concentrated brew served in smaller amounts. Espresso can also be used as a base for other delectable coffee creations.

This modern interpretation of espresso can be credited to the espresso machine. In 1901, Italian Luigi Bezzera invented the first commercial espresso machine. The latester technologies resulted in a smaller, more concentrated cup of coffee that was more popular than traditional coffee brewing methods. In addition, this thicker, more robust brew produced the crema, a creamy foam on top. The richer flavors and aromas of an espresso make delectable lattes, mochas, cappuccinos, macchiatos, and several café creations.

The intense flavor of espresso lends itself to baking, transcending the variety of beverages. Espresso remains strong where coffee is lost when mixed with other flavors. When blended with other flavors, it may become lost, but it is still strong. For a cheesecake, blend it with cream cheese, sugar, and flour. Make tiramisu by adding it to ladyfingers and making tiramisu. Many desserts call for espressos such as ice cream and crème brûlée.

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This holiday calls for the delectable cup. You know how you like it whether you make it at home or visit a local cafe. One of these ways will you enjoy your espresso?

  • Order through the local drive-through and pay it forward (backward?) by also paying for the person behind you in line
  • For everyone in the office, pick up extra espressos
  • Have espressos delivered to front-line workers at the hospital, fire station, police station, or ambulance bay near you
  • For National Espresso Day, send a gift card to your favorite teachers to let them know how much you love them
  • Try your espresso in a new flavorful latte or cappuccino by moving out of your comfort zone and into a new flavorful latte or cappuccino
  • Realize that you've never tried baking with espresso and spit out the mixer you bought for your birthday
  • When it comes to espresso, you're a traditionalist. Espresso is the only thing you drink. You can't add flavors. It's espresso. Don't mess with the espresso

Enjoy a cup of espresso and use #NationalEspressoDay to post on social media.

To help you celebrate every coffee holiday, be sure to order our Celebrate Every Day coffee beans. We have four roasts, including decaf.

Espresso FAQ

Q. How can you say "espresso"?

A. The word "espresso" is pronounced as follows: ess-press-oh.

Q. Can I make espresso at home?

A. Yes. Yes. There are a few ways to make espresso at home, including using an espresso machine. If you don't have an espresso machine, you can use a French press. When making espresso with a French press, there are a few things you should keep in mind.

  1. With hot water, you can pre-warm your press.
  2. About 2 tablespoons of Coarsely grind your beans.
  3. To your coffee grounds, use hot, not boiling water. Heat the water to just below 212 degrees.
  4. To encourage them to bloom, add a small amount of hot water to the grounds, allowing them to bloom before adding about a full cup of water. A few bubbles will appear on the surface.
  5. Allow the coffee to steep. Four minutes should be more than enough.
  6. Be a patient plunger. Press it down slowly with equal force.