The popularity of espresso has exploded since the beginning of the new millennium. Back in the day, asking for an espresso at your local coffee shop would do get you a kick in the mouth from the guy behind the counter and awkward glances from other customers.
These days, coffee shops capable of delivering a shot of espresso can be found in book stores, local grocery markets, farmers markets, mall kiosks, or even Cineplex’s, although it is hard to imagine wanting to be wired while you are watching a movie.
Technology has allowed for the private consumer to experience the wonders of espresso at home. They are smaller and more attractive in a home kitchen setting. (The machines, not the people.) These are easy to operate machines. Are they easier to operate than coffeehouse machines? That is probably a better question for a hangover “barista”, a term just as inaccurate and stupid as “mixologist”.
You can just as easily become a parent. A shot of espresso is the culmination of pushing roughly 1.5 ounces of warm or hot water through a small filter containing a measured amount of finely ground coffee with the density of a critical mass. If everything goes well, the result will be a thick, brown liquid with a small head of foam comparable to getting a beer from the tap at the bar.
Espresso is different from coffee due to the amount of water and pressure pumped through it. Other factors go in to the process of making a shot of espresso, as well. The water’s temperature, pressure, as well as the integrity of the grounds used (espresso grinds are ground to a much finer consistency than typical coffee grounds); and also how tightly the coffee is packed.
This makes the consistency of espresso thicker because its content does not have the same sort of time to develop a thinner liquid. Concentrating these several types of beans into a single blend creates a deeper, richer blend than traditional coffee offers. By brewing a more condensed product, one would think the caffeine content from espresso would be higher, which is true, however, due to the shot glass it is served in, espresso has less caffeine than a cup of coffee based on sheer volume.
By the way, if you are the sort of guy who actually orders espresso, your potential fellow customers thank you for staying home.