Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Fun Facts About Espresso & Coffee

And If You Don't Know, Now You Know!

Here at Espresso Bella, we are Super Passionate about Espresso and just about everything in between! So we thought we would share some of our favourite and fun Espresso Facts with you, and brush you up on your Espresso and Coffee knowledge!

1.   Espresso is coffee brewed by forcing a small amount of nearly boiling water under pressure through finely ground coffee beans. Espresso is generally thicker than coffee, has a higher concentration of suspended and dissolved solids, and has crema on top (a foam with a creamy consistency).

2.   Espresso is not referring to a particular type of bean, it is a drink.
(Espresso also tends to be the base of a ton of Coffee Beverages- for example, Cappuccinos, Lattes, Macchiatos, and Mochaccinos, just to name a few. You should check out our Espresso Bar Catering Menu! )

3.   November 23rd is National Espresso Day. (woohoo)

4.   Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world second to only oil.

5.   Espresso is regulated by the Italian government because it is considered an essential part of their daily life. (I know, we want to move there too! Speaking of Italy, did you know we have our very own Espresso Machine that was Manufactured in ITALY? )

6.   Expresso is not a word; it comes from the same root as "express" as in "The Express Train." The term is ESPRESSO. It comes from the Latinate root for "Press", or "Under Pressure". In many places if you order "expresso", you will be politely ignored. (and if you don't know, now you know)

7.   The lethal dose of caffeine is roughly 100 cups of coffee. (Consuming anything more than that  in a day can actually kill you.)

8.   Espresso has 1/3 less caffeine than drip coffee. 

9.   The ideal brewing temperature for espresso is 190°F to 195°F.  (That's about 87 degrees Celsius)

10.  The serving temperature for espresso (temperature inside the cup) is 160°F. (FUN FACT: Here at Espresso Bella, we keep our Espresso Cups facing up on top of the Espresso Machine Heating Station, instead of facing down- this does two things- 1. prevents you from burning your lip on the rim of the cup and 2. Keeps your drink at an appropriate temperature and refrains your Espresso from cooling off too quickly, for the bottom of the Espresso cup has been pre-heated)

11.  The ideal time for brewing 1 shot of espresso is 25-30 seconds.  (Timing ranges depending on how long or short you prefer your Espresso shots)

12.  Any type of coffee roast can be used to make an espresso; the grind size and preparation are what makes it an espresso. 

13.  Roasted coffee beans start to lose small amounts of flavor within two weeks.  Ground coffee begins to lose its flavor in one hour.  Brewed coffee and espresso begin to lose flavor within minutes.  (Our Venti Sei Espresso Beans are just about as Fresh as you can get! Due to the Roasting Process taking place right here in Stouffville, we can get you beans that were roasted the previous day!)

14.  Using the right espresso cup is important.  The maximum capacity should be 2 ounces (60 ml) but should only be filled 2/3 of the way full.  If the cups are too large the espresso will cool down too quickly. The cup should also be made of thick porcelain and it is recommended to always preheat the cup before adding the espresso.   

15. A good espresso should be able to hold a sprinkling of sugar on top of the crema for approximately 30 seconds before it sinks.   

16.  Espresso was first invented in the early 1900s as a way to decrease workers’ coffee break time. (We surpass this theory by drinking multiple Espresso Bella's a day!)

Have a Beautiful Day, and an Espresso Bella!