Espresso coffee is a drink loved all over the world for its intense flavor and characteristic creaminess. But what exactly is meant by "espresso"? And where does the name come from?
Let’s make an important clarification: espresso is a method of preparing coffee that uses pressurized hot water to extract the aromas and flavors from the ground coffee. The extraction process is very quick: usually it takes less than 30 seconds to make a very concentrated drink, with a thick cream on the surface.
But why is it called "espresso"?
"Espresso" is Italian for "fast" or "quick", and the drink was so named because it was prepared very quickly compared to traditional methods of preparing coffee.
-Little note: “Espresso” was also the name of a train used for long journeys, mostly international. Like, are you familiar with the Orient… EXPRESS?-
The history of espresso dates back to the 19th century, when the first steam-powered coffee machines were developed. These machines used steam to build pressure and force water through the ground coffee. Over the years, the technology of espresso coffee machines has been constantly improved, reaching the efficiency and quality we know today.
Nowadays, espresso is well-known all around the world, and espresso machines are not found exclusively in bars and restaurants: in fact, it is possible to enjoy espresso even at home (or in the office).