where does the word espresso come from

Espresso, a full-flavored concentrated coffee often served in shots for a good caffeine kick has an interesting history.

You don’t need an espresso machine to make a good cup of espresso. But, not using a good espresso machine means putting in extra work to produce an adequate amount of pressure to develop the cream, break up the rich coffee oil into your espresso and to quickly brew your favorite drink.

So, while it is possible to make espresso without a machine, at Coffee Dorks we recommend you get yourself one. Especially if you are a beginner.

Origins of the Word “Espresso”   

Espresso means “fast”, in Italian.

In 1884, Italian Angelo Moriondo registered for a patent a machine similar to the espresso machine to help individuals make a quick concentrated cup of their favorite coffee. By 1901, Luigi Bezzara registered a patent for a machine to compress coffee and to serve expressly for the customers. By 1905, it was bought by Desidero Pavoni, who later on made it available to the public as the first commercial espresso machine.

In 1920 “Caffè espresso” was included in the Italian dictionary, referring to a pressurised filter or machine. As the coffee houses become packed with working men who frequent them for a strong caffeine kick, the word “espresso” became entwined with this cup of coffee produced from espresso machines.

Modern Day Espresso

The Italian coffee culture influenced the west and other parts of the world in the 1940s, as Italians and other nationalities go to their local café and order a flavorful espresso. It becomes a kick-starter for the day, a drink before the next appointment ort a beverage while having a chat with friends at a local café.

What Does Espresso Mean To Coffee Aficionados?

Espresso means excellent tasting coffee with a complex flavour profile.  A freshly brewed espresso has an intense aroma that could fill a room; it tastes exactly as it smells and it has many variations to explore. You have con panna or cortado, and don’t forget the basics-macchiato and Americano!

If you’re Italian, it could mean sipping a cup of coffee in a bar or in a small neighborhood on late afternoons. This cup of coffee is associated with localness, which is distinct to the Italian coffee culture.

But, while Italy invented the first modern espresso machine and started the Italian coffee culture, espresso is not exclusive to Italians. Espresso has been successfully exported and there are many variations to this beverage, like the American cappuccino.

Check out the difference between cappuccino, macchiato, and mocha.

It gives you a quick caffeine kick. While it has less caffeine than a regular coffee, it is more concentrated. With more caffeine in each ounce of coffee drink, you’ll surely get through a boring presentation or any idly activity for that matter.

It creates a delicious crema or the brown froth on your cup of espresso. The heat and pressure from the espresso machine brings out the aromatic oil of the coffee beans, eventually producing rich and reddish brown crema.

Do you enjoy a good espresso? Sip it, savor it, using your home espresso maker, or while sitting in your favourite café.

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Anthony is a professional barista in the city of Chicago. He has written for many online publications on various topics related to coffee.