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Choosing the Right Espresso Cups

True espresso drinkers will be more likely to obsess over the cup their espresso is in! You maybe surprised to know that 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 choosing the right kind of espresso cups is probably an important component of how you drink the beverage. Perhaps you aren’t an avid espresso drinking but interested in purchasing cups for someone you know who is. Here are a few tips that go along with choosing the right espresso cups, though, that pretty much everyone should be aware about:

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 place a good deal of importance on the design 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 and should be considered when choosing espresso cups. 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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Uses for Leftover Espresso: Don’t Throw it Out

If you have ever had espresso then chances are that you know how costly the beverage can be. Even though many people claim that they are addicted to the beverage, some people do without it or save it for a treat because of how expensive it is. Here are some great ideas for the leftover espresso beverage rather than throwing it away.

1. Save it for tomorrow
Now, saving your 5-day old espresso is not recommended because the flavor will be drained from the beverage by then. However, if you know that you probably will be thirsty for or craving an espresso in a day then the best thing to do would be to save the espresso. Putting it in the refrigerator for the time that it’s not being consumed is just fine because it definitely won’t hurt the beverage at all. When you are ready to have a sip of that nice, tasty espresso drink all that needs to be done is to heat up the drink. But don’t heat it in the microwave. Espresso must be reheated through a steamer in order to have the best flavor possible!

2. Add Flavor to Your Baked Goods
Even though this is probably one of the most uncommon techniques, many people actually choose to bake the leftover espresso that they have. Many people might think that adding leftover espresso to their baked good is a turnoff, but here’s one suggestion where the espresso could be put to good use: brownies and cakes! The featured image shows espresso pie. Brownie mixes that have a touch of espresso mixture added to them will taste excellent, and cakes will as well. Of course the espresso mixture may be better off in a thicker batter like the brownies just because it may hold the espresso better, but experimenting with espresso in your baked goods also is a good idea!

3. Chill Your Drinks
Another way to use leftover espresso is in the drinks that you’ll have later. One suggestion that many people use is to make ice cubes! Espresso-flavored ice cubes can be a great addition to iced tea, milk, or even a cup of black coffee! Just because espresso is typically consumed as a warm beverage doesn’t mean that you’re limited to what you can do with it!

All of these things are just some of the ways in which espresso can be used as leftovers! However, realizing that espresso is good in many different ways should shed light on other possible espresso additions as well!

History of Espresso Machine

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Did you know espresso has not always been made from a machine? Some people think that way because that’s how they’ve always seen it made. However, long before there were espresso machines to do our work for us. It wasn’t until the mid 1940’s that people and coffee shops all over began using espresso machines to make the beverage, at least in the United States that is.

Of course, espresso machines were popular in many European countries before the popularity of these machines came to the United States. In fact, the first espresso machine in Europe become known some 100 years before they were actually introduced in America. Louis Bernard Babaut invented the first espresso machine. But it took decades before the espresso machine was as easy to use and functional as the ones we know today. It handled about 1,000 shots of espresso an hour.

If you’re interested in the automatic espresso machine, this concept was later introduced in the first half of the 1900s. An individual known as Illeta actually used compressed air to make the whole espresso-making process faster, which it was able to accomplish successfully.┬áThere you have it: everything you have ever wanted to know about how espresso machines came into production!

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