Expresso is a favorite coffee drink in Italy, as well as it is one of my favorites.  Expresso is concentrated, thick coffee beverage.  In order to make expresso, you must have a special machine that forces hot water through a basket of tightly packed, finely ground coffee beans at a high pressure point.  Expresso is not its own type of bean. The term “expresso” comes from the root word of the term that the process of making the beverage comes from.  People often think a dark roast coffee bean is called an expresso bean, but this is just the preferred coffee bean among expresso makers because it is the roast with the strongest flavor.  What makes expresso stand out is the temperature, pressure, choice of bean, and time.  Expresso is an extremely intense way to experience coffee, and is usually only drunk in small amounts.  Coffee shops, such as Starbucks, usually only put in a shot of expresso in their coffee drinks to give it a little extra kick.  Unless you want to spend over $1,000 dollars on a proper expresso machine, you must go to a barista to get the full expresso experience.


One thought on “Expresso

  1. judithgarcia says:

    Buona sera Melissa,
    Expresso is one of my favorite drinks and I truly enjoyed reading your description of the process of getting to experience a well-done expresso coffee. I cannot finish a meal without my cup of coffee and I love the strong aroma of expresso. It makes a conversation flow smoothly, 🙂

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