Coffee Fun Facts & Recipe for National Espresso Day

By 11/22/2022 11:50:00 AM

Do you enjoy drinking espresso coffee? Then celebrate National Espresso Day (November 23) with a cup and these coffee fun facts!


Let’s start with the basics. Espresso means “pressed out” coffee in Italian. Since its origins in Italy in the 1800s, espresso has influenced coffee cultures around the world, including that of Americans.

And whether you enjoy a latte, cappuccino, iced cap, or even a cafecito or café au lait - you are drinking espresso coffee.


The Bean


There are a few key differences between espresso and regular coffee. Espresso beans are selected and roasted to hold up under high pressure and the hot water of an espresso machine for optimal flavor.

They are generally darker roasted beans. These beans have just the right amount of acidity to prevent bitterness. They are also a bit slick and oily.


The Flavor


In small amounts, using ground espresso in baked goods or desserts subtly enhances the chocolate notes of a recipe without a pronounced coffee or mocha flavor. The added depth and complexity makes it popular in brownies, cakes, and more.

Pro tip: just add a teaspoon or two of espresso grounds to dry ingredients in brownies to deepen the chocolate flavor without having to use expensive chocolate. Espresso can enhance savory recipes too, such as moles, chilis, or barbeque rubs.

Bonus: Packaging for both Café La Llave and Don Francisco’s Coffee can be easily recycled for free through their partnership with Terracycle.com


Espresso Recipe


Don Francisco’s Chocolate Chili Latte


WHAT YOU NEED:

2 Don Francisco’s Clásico Espresso Capsules
4 oz. milk or dairy-free alternative
2 squares (2 oz) of dark chocolate
1 tablespoon sugar or sugar-free substitute
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

Optional: whipped cream and chocolate shavings for garnish

HOW TO MAKE:

- Heat milk or dairy-free alternative in a small saucepan over medium heat with chocolate squares, sugar, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper.
- Gently stir until chocolate melts and ingredients are combined.
- Remove from heat and froth chocolate chili milk.
- Add brewed espresso to a glass and top with frothed chocolate chili milk. Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

Enjoy!


The Grind


The process of making espresso requires pressure and hot water pushed through tightly packed powdery grounds of coffee. You can use espresso ground coffee in a drip coffee maker, just note that it will result in a more intense and bold flavor. A fine grind is best for espresso.

Some brands offer the perfect espresso bean already ground to the exact approximation for espresso, like Cafe La Llave (www.cafelallave.com), a favorite among espresso drinkers who enjoy a dark roasted and intensely aromatic, rich, strong Latin-style coffee.

“If you have a high-quality coffee bean grinder, it’s always best to grind your own whole coffee beans for the most flavorful cup; however, if you don’t have a high quality grinder, opt for pre ground coffee. Getting the grind wrong will also impact flavor,” says fourth generation coffee roaster Lisette Gaviña Lopez, also the Chairman of the Board and Managing Director overseeing Sales & Marketing for family-owned coffee roaster F. Gaviña & Sons.

The Machine


There are a variety of methods to make espresso at home without having to spend a lot of money, from stovetop coffee makers to professional-grade machines.

One classic method is by using a good ole “cafetera”, also known as a Moka pot or stove top coffee maker. It brews espresso by passing boiling water pressurized by steam through ground coffee on a stovetop.

For those looking to add that extra “espumita” (sugary foam) commonly used to make Cuban-style coffee, you'll need to catch that first thick shot that comes out and quickly mix it with sugar to create that perfect mixture. Though many choose to enjoy this beverage with a variety of milks, from oat to non-dairy options.

However, if “pop and go” is more your style, an at-home espresso machine like the Nespresso®* Original Line may be more up your alley. Those machines use an espresso capsule to extract the perfect shot in seconds, ensuring that you will get a consistent and perfect espresso every time.

If you are looking for an effortless yet luxurious espresso capsule option, try Don Francisco’s espresso capsules (www.donfranciscos.com). These European-style espresso capsules are made from 100% Arabica beans and are highly aromatic with a rich, intense flavor.

If you are looking for a professional barista experience at home, Breville (www.breville.com) is a popular and affordable professional espresso machine option. But, be on the lookout for those Black Friday deals.

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