All About Espresso
According to Wikipedia Espresso is coffee brewed by forcing a small amount of nearly boiling water under pressure through finely ground coffee beans. Espresso is generally thicker than coffee brewed by other methods, has a higher concentration of suspended and dissolved solids, and has crema on top, (foam with a creamy consistency). As a result of the pressurized brewing process, the flavors and chemicals in a typical cup of Espresso are very concentrated. Espresso is also the base for other drinks such as a caffè latte, cappuccino, caffè macchiato, cafe mocha, or caffè Americano.
Espresso has more caffeine per unit volume than most coffee beverages, but because the usual serving size is much smaller, the total caffeine content is less than a mug of standard brewed coffee, contrary to a common belief. Although the actual caffeine content of any coffee drink varies by size, bean origin, roast method and other factors, the caffeine content of “typical” servings of espresso vs. drip brew are 120 to 170 mg vs. 150 to 200 mg.
Some cyclists like an Espresso before a ride as it is quick to consume and helps to fire up the body and mind, you could always be brave and go for a double Espresso. For ultimate retro style and enjoyment, drink from one of SpeedShark’s Espresso cups.
How to Make the Perfect Espresso
The traditional Italian method is with a stove top pot – follow the manufacture’s instructions for an authentic Espresso experience.
You can also use a cafetière. Simply add high quality coffee to a warmed cafetière, add 2 rounded dip for a 3-cup cafetière (5 dsp for 8-cup or 8 dsp for 12-cup). Fill with hot water (not boiling) to an inch from the top. Stir, replace the plunger and allow the coffee to brew.
When you see the coffee grains begin to settle (approximately 3 minutes), push the plunger down slowly and serve straight away in your SpeedyShark French Alps Espresso Cups.
Relax and enjoy the perfect Espresso!