May 26, 2020

Origin of Espresso

The world runs on coffee, or at least that’s what certain coffee shops claim. But if you really want to put a pep in your step, there’s espresso. What is espresso exactly? It is a form of coffee that is made with hot water, packed coffee ground, and extreme pressure. This process allows the beverage to be much stronger than your typical cup of coffee. But where did it come from?

Espresso Origins

Espresso originated in Italy sometime in the late 1800s to the early 1900s. Its name comes from the word esprimere which means ‘to express’ or ‘to press out’. Oftentimes, you’ll hear Europeans order caffè espresso or pressed-out coffee. One reason that espresso was created was to help cut down on brewing time, as the usual cup of coffee could take a few minutes. It’s is often completed in less than a minute. 

Espresso is a quick way to boost your energy, and while it may have a bitter taste in some people’s opinion, there are many ways that you can make it sweeter. Check it out!

Caffè Americano – The American Espresso

Italian for ‘American coffee’, this drink has interesting origins. It’s said that it was created by American soldiers stationed in Italy during WWII. The soldiers were accustomed to the coffee that they drank in America and so when they had espresso, it was much too strong for them. To help weaken its overwhelming flavor, they would add hot water to it, making something similar to what they drank at home. 

To make a Caffè Americano, you just need two ingredients: hot water and espresso. While most of the time the ratio of espresso to water is 1:2, you can change it to your liking. Simply take a mug, add your hot water, and pour in your espresso shot! You can add dairy or flavoring to customize it if you’d like. It can be served hot or over ice.


Another delicious way to use espresso is by making a macchiato. This drink is known as a layered beverage, as the espresso and dairy are not mixed before serving. Macchiatos are some of the stronger espresso drinks, as they generally have a double shot of espresso. 

To make the perfect macchiato, you’ll need espresso and steamed milk. For non-dairy alternatives, you can use almond, soy, or oat milk. First, steam your milk and pour it into your mug, holding back the froth and saving it for later. If you’d like to add sugar or flavors, add them to the milk and stir. Next, gently pour the espresso into the mug, and be careful not to mix it with the milk. Lastly, take the froth you saved from the steamed milk and spoon it on the top of the espresso. You can enjoy it hot or over ice.

A Taste of Italy

The Italians have contributed a great deal to the world of food, from pasta to espresso. Bring Italy home with Grico’s curbside pickup, available Thursdays through Saturdays, with pickup from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM. For more information, please visit our website.