Need a pick-me-up? Enjoy one in the form of National Espresso Day on November 23rd!
Just in time to fuel those early-morning, Black Friday shopping adventures (and the general hustle and bustle of holiday season festivities), National Espresso Day offers us an excuse to indulge in our favorite coffee concoctions, many of which are built on a base of espresso.
But just what is that mysterious (but much-loved) coffee treat, anyway? Read on as we dive in to learn more, and to find a Stonewood espresso-based menu pick you’re sure to love. Just take a look.
Espresso is a type of coffee. Its name, though, does not refer to a specific kind of bean—rather, to the process that makes an espresso unique. In it, near-boiling water is “expressed,” or pushed, through finely ground coffee beans. The brew time is much slower for regular coffee, and espresso’s higher caffeine content naturally lends itself to those who prefer quick pick-me-ups in the form of small cups, or shots poured over dessert style drinks (aka “affogato”) for that extra touch of energy.
Does spelling count?
It can feel counterintuitive to say “espresso” with an “s,” especially since many variants in America are spelled “expresso.” The “x” is a uniquely American addition because there is no “x” in the original Italian alphabet.
But if you actually travel to Italy, it all becomes a sort of moot point, anyway, since there, espresso is the standard way to prepare coffee! Just ask for a “caffe,” a coffee, and you’ll blend right in.
How to enjoy
Here at Stonewood, we have several ways to enjoy the strong, bold flavor of espresso—and not all of them come in a cup!
Espresso may be most popularly enjoyed in a mug—but as you can see here, that’s just the beginning! Come down to Stonewood to enjoy fresh takes on espresso, as well as your tried-and-true favorites, real soon.