Invented in Milan, Italy circa 1900, Espresso is a really dark or bitter coffee. Espresso is Italian for “pressed out,” which denotes the method of creating the freshly fine-ground bean extract through a devoted machine with the use of steam and water. This method forms a highly concentrated brew with a fine layer of dark beige froth. Being so intense, espresso comprises more caffeine than any other coffee. It is often referred to as ‘shot’ – an espresso shot for a boost of energy.
Coffees with Espresso
Espresso is used to prepare a number of coffee-based drinks, including:
Cappuccino: This coffee is made using two shots of espresso topped with steamed milk foam, served hot and sometimes capped with cinnamon.
Caffè Latte: It is literally milk coffee. This coffee is made using a shot of espresso with steamed milk and is served hot.
Caffè Macchiato: Made using espresso shot with steamed milk foam on top and is served hot.
Caffè Mocha: An alternate to a caffè latte, but has a chocolate flavour along with the espresso and steamed milk. It can also be served cold with ice or can be blended.
Flat White: It is an alternate to macchiato which includes a shot of espresso topped with milk-based microfoam.
Caffè Americano: It is simply a shot of espresso with extra hot water, which retains the flavour of espresso, but the added water makes it less dense than espresso.
Foods with Espresso
There are several dishes that are made using espresso, such as:
Affogato: It is simply a vanilla gelato or an ice cream topped with a shot of hot espresso.
Tiramisu: It is an authentic Italian dessert prepared using ladyfingers (finger-shaped sponge biscuits) which are soaked in espresso and encrusted with a filling of cream, mascarpone cheese and egg yolks.
Raw Vegan Espresso Brownies: Even a single shot of espresso or 2 tablespoons of instant espresso powder can help you have an intense chocolate essence in these brownies.
Vegan Espresso Fudgesicles: Add coconut milk, sifted espresso powder with bittersweet chocolate, vanilla and sugar for a fudgesicle with a twist.
Espresso Pannacotta: It is a cold Italian custard, generally served with caramel syrup or fruit sauce.
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