Espresso is both a coffee beverage and a brewing method. Most people assume an authentic espresso must be darker and bolder but this is not necessarily true. Actually any bean or roasting level can be used. In Italy where Espresso was initially made and popularized you will find that in the southern parts a darker roast is generally preferred. Farther north, however the trend moves toward slightly lighter roasts.
Espresso is brewed by forcing a small amount of nearly boiling water under pressure through finely ground coffee. The finished coffee has almost a syrupy consistency and is the base for other drinks, such as a latte, cappuccino, macchiato, mocha, or americano.
In the Middle East, a coffee similar to espresso is quite popular and is known in English speaking parts of the world as “Turkish coffee” (although it sometimes also known as ” Arabian coffee” or “Greek coffee” in other various parts of the world). Turkish coffee is almost the same measure of ground coffee as an espresso, however it is added to water and brought to a boil. Ground cardamom is sometimes added to the coffee for added flavor.
Espresso has gained popularity due to the fact it has a higher caffeine concentration than a coffee brewed in a traditional manner. Also many young adults enjoy “coffee houses” to connect with friends and to socialize, especially those who may be too young to meet up with friends at a licenced bar.In the late 1990’s the “Coffee Culture” was booming. The television show “Friends” features one such coffee house “Central Perk” cleverly named for its proximity to “Central Park” in New York. This is one of the main settings for the show, it gives the main characters a place to meet up, as well as offering the opportunity for some additional recurring roles.
People tend to think espresso is a pretentious drink, but the beverage itself has little pedigree. Its basically a coffee drink that is brewed in a style that was popularized in Italy. Many coffee houses and restaurants on this side of the Atlantic Ocean that serve espresso try to create an upscale air about the drink and often their establishment for serving it. But price or surroundings have a negligible effect on the final product. Personal preference is still the main factor when labeling good espresso.
And now, without further ado, here are the espresso recipes you have been waiting for.