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All About Espresso Cups

Updated on October 3, 2009

All About Espresso Cups

True espresso drinkers are the ones who will be more likely to make a big deal out of the cup or drinking glass that their espresso is in!

However, if you're an average individual who simply prefers the taste of espresso over other coffee beverages then you may not care all that much about the specific cups that your espresso sits in. However, in other countries besides the US espresso cups are actually thought to be more of an art than anything else. For example, in Italy and parts of Europe espresso cups are hand made. If you are enthusiastic about drinking espresso then finding the right kind of espresso cups is probably pretty important to how you drink the beverage. In addition, however, buying a set of espresso glasses is also a great gift that can be given to avid coffee and espresso drinkers. Here are a few tips that go along with buying espresso cups, though, that pretty much everyone should be aware about.

What is Espresso?

What is Espresso?

Even though most coffees have been around for hundreds of years, this is not the same for espresso. Espresso, on the other hand, is essentially a more concentrated cup of coffee. There are many reasons why espresso is loved more than any other coffee and perhaps the reason that it is enjoyed by so many people throughout the world is because it really does have quite a different nature than other coffees! But not only is espresso a more concentrated cup of coffee, but the taste is very different as well and may account for some of the reason why espresso is usually liked more than coffee.

The Nature of Espresso

Espresso originated in Milan, Italy in the early 19th Century. Many Italians call espresso a romantic kind of coffee and it's easy to see why. The nature of espresso is such that it doesn't take a whole lot to fill you up. But to define espresso involves accounting for the different ingredients that it's made of. Espresso is essentially finely ground coffee beans that are tightly packed together and placed in an espresso machine. Machines are the easiest way to make espresso nowadays, which is why they are put into the machine in the first place. But nevertheless, they are placed in the machine and hot water creates steam. That steam is forced up to heat the coffee beans and produce a thick, drippy liquid called espresso. The thickness of espresso is also a defining feature because it is almost three to four times the consistency of regular black coffee.

Another one of espresso's defining characteristics which will help you to understand exactly what espresso looks like is the crema. The crema is a reddish-brown substance that floats on the top of the espresso itself. But the crema is actually the main part of the espresso that many people like because it also has a foamy substance attached to it. Of course on top of the crema is where many people sprinkle cinnamon, put a dollop of whipped cream, as well as sprinkle that with chocolate shavings. Even though it seems like espresso is a large drink considering all of the defining characteristics of it, espresso is actually consumed by the 1-ounce shot glasses. If made right, espresso can be the ultimate beverage of a lifetime!

Espresso is also the base for which many other drinks are made. Whether you want to make a latte, mocha chill, or another version of the espresso drink then it all relies on the espresso coffee drink which so many people love! In fact, there are probably over a hundred different ways that espresso can be used; it is actually used for desserts, evening drinks, morning wake-up drinks, as well as for a whole variety of other drinks. If you have ever run into a coffee shop that sells espresso then chances are that you've heard just about all the beverage names that can be made from it. This shows just how truly popular an espresso drink can be!

There are plenty of reasons why there are so many espresso drinkers throughout the world. Here are just some of the many favorite reasons that a lot of people cite when discussing why they love espresso:

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The Good Things About Espresso

Coffee beverages abound throughout the United States and all over the world. Getting your hands on a perfect cup of Jo is almost necessary for a lot of people when they go throughout their lives working, performing recreational activities, and whatever else they have to do to get them through their day. On the one hand coffee is one of those pick-me-up drinks, but on the other hand coffee can also be an addiction. A fun addiction at that, though, especially if you're the type of person to love espresso, which is a flavorful coffee beverage that millions of people adore!

Indeed, espresso has so many good characteristics that it’s almost impossible to have just one serving at a time. Additionally, though, one piece of factual information about espresso is that scientists and researchers have now actually confirmed that having one or a few servings of espresso throughout your day may actually be beneficial to your health. One of the great things about espresso is that it contains a variety of antioxidants, and as well all know very well antioxidants have been known to boost your immune system, as well as prevent a whole variety of diseases and disorders. Relying on the antioxidants that one can consume from drinking espresso is a good idea even though there are other ways to get the same benefits, but perhaps the reason why espresso is chosen by most people is that you can get obtain these very benefits from such a small beverage glass!

Another great thing about espresso is that there are so many ways to make it that it's virtually impossible to get the same exact taste every time you have a sip. Unless you're drinking espresso that has been made from the same exact coffee bean grounds, chances are that your next cup of espresso will vary, however slightly, the next time you get yourself a serving!

Additionally, not only does espresso taste different every time you make a cup, but there are plenty of other things you can do with it as well. For starters, it can be turned into a mocha latte, a cappuccino, as well as a variety of other different beverages. For the more experienced espresso drinkers, though, the espresso can easily be turned into a smoothie, a milkshake, and even ice cream! Indeed, the single serving of espresso is really only the beginning because there are so many other beverages and products that it can be turned into and it all depends on your preferences and what types of foods and beverages you would like associated with your favorite cup of espresso!

The next coffee shop that you walk into more than likely will have an espresso machine! If you have never tried espresso but have always wanted to then stepping into the next coffee shop that has an espresso maker and ordering one is very important! There are millions of people worldwide who love the espresso beverage and making one just right is what many people love!

Three Popular Forms of Espresso.

The Americano.

The Latte

The Cappuccino

Three Popular Forms of Espresso

As we all know, espresso is just one of the coffee beverages that are popular throughout the world! Even though there are plenty of flavors of regular black drip coffee, one of the things that people enjoy about espresso is that there is hardly ever anyone that orders just a plain espresso plain and simple. It seems as though an espresso always has to be added to some other mixture in order to taste better, although many people feel that espresso beverages are just fine the way they are! There are actually probably more than 50 definite ways of mixing espresso with different coffee mixtures in order to get a different flavor each time, however, there is probably more than that still. Nevertheless, if you've been wondering about what some of the different popular espresso mixtures and forms of espresso are, here is a short-list of the many beverages one can order espresso with:

The Americano

Probably so named because regular black coffee is popular in America, and perhaps more so than espresso is (even though it's a close tie!); the Americano is actually a simple espresso beverage. The espresso is made but then is diluted with a little bit of water in order to make the taste less strong, but the taste will actually resemble that of black regular coffee that's made from a machine! Even though the Americano is popular with many people throughout the United States and elsewhere, the concept of it is a little bland. Considering the fact that many people love to doctor their espresso beverages up with whipped cream, chocolate shavings, and other such toppings the Americano may seem like an unfair version of the espresso that some may just doctor it up anyway!

The Latte

Even though this espresso beverage is probably the one that is the least understood it is quite necessary to explain exactly what an espresso latte is. Some people actually think that the latte is a separate beverage from the espresso, but the espresso still is used as the main ingredient in a latte. How the Latte comes together, though, is a bit of steamed milk is poured over the espresso itself. On top of the whole mixture then is a fine, or sometimes thick layer of a frothy and foamy substance. This espresso beverage is probably most likened to the cappuccino, which will be explained next!

The Cappuccino

This espresso beverage is probably most known as the sister of the Latte itself. The reason for this, though, is the fact that the cappuccino also includes milk and the same foamy substance on top. However, the cappuccino is slightly different because it actually contains a considerably less amount of milk, but the milk is replaced with more foam on top!

Now that you know three of the basic forms of espresso beverages then you are ready to walk into a coffee shop as a well prepared consumer. But trying all three of these espresso drinks is a great idea to finding out exactly what espresso drinks you like and dislike!

The Quality of Espresso Cups

The first and foremost issue that you'll want to be concerned with is the quality of the espresso cups that you buy. There are definitely all different types of espresso cups that can be bought, including sturdy plastic, glass, among other materials, but the best quality material that is frequently chosen for espresso beverage cups is porcelain. Not only have porcelain cups been a tradition throughout many countries down through the ages, but making the cups has been an art in and of itself!

The size of the porcelain espresso cup also makes a big difference as well. Traditionally, however, porcelain cups that are used for espresso usually come in 2- to 3-ounce glasses. This is not to say that you'll be filling the entire espresso cup with the espresso beverage, but many people like to add toppings such as whipped cream and chocolate shavings as well! Pouring about 1-ounce of espresso mixture and leaving the rest of the room available for toppings is what most people do when they have their typical espresso shot!

The Style of Espresso Cups

As mentioned, many espresso porcelain cups have a personal touch added to them and many people make a big deal out of the design that is frequently shown on espresso cups. There are all sorts of neat designs that one can choose for their espresso cup, but the digital age has truly revolutionized the way images are put on glasses and other materials throughout the world. For this reason there may be high-tech and colorful espresso glasses around the world thanks to some of these great pieces of technology! Nevertheless, though, espresso cups are traditionally bought with having a good design in mind.

All things considered, the materials of the espresso cup as well as the design are two issues that espresso drinkers consider important about their special drink. Drinking espresso has had a long tradition throughout many countries in the world and part of that tradition rests on just how it is consumed!

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