Saturday, March 22, 2008

All about Espresso

I came across some fun espresso facts from Starbucks where apparently 54% of Americans aren’t aware that Caffé Lattes contain espresso.

The Germans and Swiss drink their espresso with equal parts of hot chocolate, the Moroccans with peppercorns and the Ethiopians with a pinch of salt.

An Arabica coffee tree can produce up to 12 pounds of coffee a year, depending on soil and climate. Starbucks Espresso Roast is made from pure Arabica coffee beans.

If you like your espresso sweet tasting, you should use granulated sugar for the best taste, as it dissolves more quickly than regular cubes.

The French were the first to invent a basic espresso machine. The Italians then perfected this machine and became the first to manufacture it.

The term “Americano” stems from the American forces in Italy during WWII when local Italian baristas added water to their espresso in hopes of emulating an American cup of coffee.