November 23, 2012

National Espresso Day

"Espresso consumption is an aesthetic experience, like tasting a vintage wine or admiring a painting." - Andrea Illy

It's National Espresso Day!

One of the greatest loves of my twenty-somethings were soy lattes. I don't know why it took me so long to discover them, but once I did - we were inseparable.

Espresso's made by forcing hot water under high pressure through compacted coffee. A perfect shot has three parts – the foam, the body, and the heart (which is located at the bottom of the cup and is usually the most bitter part of the drink). Oh, the valuable things you learn as a barista!

(SIDE NOTE: I have an espresso machine. It states very clearly on the machine to NOT open any component when it's still hot, because of the intense pressure inside. Thinking it couldn't be that big of a deal, my friend decided to open it anyway. Coffee grinds exploded all over the kitchen - literally coating all four walls, the ceiling, the floor, and the idiot boy standing in front of the espresso maker. Both the rabbit and I looked at him unimpressed. So, kids, when your espresso machine advises against opening any component when it's still hot, because of the intense pressure inside... don't. Savvy?)

I've never made tiramisu before, but it can't be that hard... right? I mean, even if it comes out awful, it's still loaded with coffee, alcohol, and chocolate. And nothing can be all that bad when those three players are involved.

Happy National Espresso Day!