What Exactly Is Espresso?

What Exactly Is Espresso?

Espresso has been around for several decades, and it’s still a staple in cafés around the world. While most coffee lovers are familiar with the term ‘espresso’, many are not sure exactly what it is. In this blog, Emporium Express, a local coffee shop in Nebraska, will explore what exactly espresso is and the art of making it. Interested in trying our specialty coffee? Check out our menu today!

Pulling a Shot of Espresso

A Method of Brewing Coffee

Put simply, espresso is a method of brewing coffee. It involves hot water moving through finely-ground coffee beans at high pressure, resulting in coffee that has a strong taste and smell. You can brew this type of coffee using an espresso machine or purchase a cup at your local coffee shop.

Espresso with Crema

What is Crema?

If you purchase an espresso shot, one of the defining characteristics to look for is its crema. Crema is a thin layer of foam that sits on top of the coffee and is a sign of a well-made espresso. If this thin layer of foam is missing, talk to your barista at your local coffee shop.

Pressing Coffee Grounds

It’s All About The Grind of the Coffee Beans

In order to create the perfect flavor and texture for your espresso, the beans must be ground very finely. This is an important factor, as beans that are ground too coarsely result in a weak and watery espresso. If this seems to be the case with your espresso, ask your coffee company if they can remake it to your liking.

Small Cup of Espresso

Portions Matter

Typically, if you order an espresso shot it will be served in small portions. If you prefer for the espresso shot to be the base for other coffee drinks, such as lattes or cappuccinos, a barista will add any type of milk to your espresso.

Espresso is the base for most coffee drinks around the world. It can be enjoyed by itself or in other coffee drinks. At Emporium Express, we enjoy serving coffee lovers in Scottsbluff, NE, and continue to find ways to improve our espresso brewing techniques. If you are interested in visiting our local coffee company, check out our loyalty program today!

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