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What is Espresso?Espresso: The espresso is a concentrated coffee beverage with a strong and rich, but smooth taste. Unlike most other coffee drinks, it is served as a “shot” which is about 1-1.5 ounces. It is also the main component or building block of many other coffee drinks. It first appeared in Italy around the early 20th century. Although many coffee histories revolve around the type of bean or ways of drinking it, such as adding milk or cream, the history of the espresso directly influenced by the invention of the espresso machine. The first espresso machine was patented by Angelo Moriondo in 1884. The basis of this machine was to make coffee faster than the regular brewing method. Because of that, the coffee it produced tasted more like brewed coffee we have today. The invention of this machine and others is what made espresso a more popular beverage, mostly drank in coffee houses. It wasn’t until around 1948 when the first modern type of espresso was invented by Ernesto Valente. This type of machine was different in that it was semi-automatic and built in a more horizontal shape to allow the barista and customer to socialize while the espresso was being made. HOW IT IS MADE The espresso is different than regular brewed coffee, not in the coffee beans used, but in the method of preparation. While the filter brewing method takes several minutes, the espresso is more quickly and takes only about 30 seconds. It is made by forcing extremely hot, almost boiling water, through compacted finely grounded coffee to extract. The grounds must be fine so that there is more surface area in contact with water, which prevents the issue of under extraction. HOW MUCH CAFFEINE IS IN AN ESPRESSO According to Caffeine Content, the espresso, which is about 1.5 ounces, contains 58-185 mg of caffeine. Although the espresso may seem like it has more caffeine than a regular brewed coffee, if it was diluted with water to make it an 8 ounce cup, it would have around the same caffeine content as a regular cup of coffee. ESPRESSO-BASED DRINKS The espresso is great for many other coffee drinks. These drinks include for example the Americano, where espresso is diluted with water, and also the base to other milk and/or milk foam based coffee drinks. For example, cappuccino, macchiato, and latte. ------ Try Waka Coffee here.1 What Do You Know About the Origins of Coffee?Whether you drink 4 cups of coffee a day or only one, the coffee revolution has changed the way we go about our day. What do you know about this beloved drink? Overtime coffee has changed from being a staple delicacy to a daily necessity. People rely on coffee now more than ever; whether it’s to help the morning blues and wake up or as an afternoon pick-me-up in the workplace. For some, coffee is the only way they can get through the day, those multiple cups of joe are life savers to them. Coffee gives people a boost of energy when it is needed most. Like every other item, coffee has joined the masses that have changed it’s purpose the longer it exists. The ifs, buts, and whys of coffee all began with the idea of a single person who wanted to make a change in people’s lives. The first person who discovered the coffee tree showed it to his friends and neighbors, who then showed it to their friends and neighbors, etc. WHEN WAS COFFEE FIRST DISCOVERED? Coffee has been around for multiple centuries, leading back to 9th century in Ethiopia. Originally, coffee used to be something that was only eaten, never used as a drink. People would eat the beans whole as a snack when seeking a new strong taste. Eating these beans gave them a boost of energy from the caffeine, that they did not know they needed. Slowly people learned how to grind and use the beans to make a liquid, forming a drink. The legend says that Arab traders from Yemen brought back the coffee bean from Ethiopia to their own respective countries. These traders planted their own coffee trees using the seeds that they brought back. Using these new trees, the traders boiled the beans forming a potent drink called “qahwah.” The caffeine filled beans provided a second wind causing the people to have a hard time falling asleep. The traders passed on the seeds to the Turks in trading who began to add spices of their own to their newly found drink like cinnamon, cardamom, and clove. HOW DID COFFEE BECOME POPULAR? They say that word of mouth is the fastest way to spread news. Of course this applies to the world’s most common drink of choice. Once the Turkish citizens started drinking coffee on a daily basis, they told other traders from Istanbul, who passed it on to European traders, eventually making its way around the world. According to Turkish Coffee World, the coffee trees that were planted in Yemen sprouted tremendously because of the fertile soil that the land has. This luxurious taste of the coffee became so well known that soon every country wanted to send traders to Yemen to bring back some of these coffee beans so their own countries can try them. Slowly more and more countries came to Yemen to taste these coffee beans, which became known all over the world. With the help of each country creating their own variation of coffee, we now have an ample amount of types of coffee products including latte, cappuccino, affogato, instant coffee, etc. The history of instant coffee According to the Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink, the first instant coffee was invented by John Dring in England in 1771 and patented by the British Government as4 Quiz Yourself: What Coffee Are You?Have you ever wondered what your soul would look like if it were represented in a coffee drink? If so, look no further than this fun and informative quiz. via GIPHY Keep track of how many A’s, B’s, C’s, or D’s you pick for your answers to get your perfect coffee match at the end of the quiz. What coffee are you quiz? When you first wake up in the mornings— what do you do? A. Making breakfast and catching up on news B. Catch up on texts and social media C. Hitting snooze D. Gearing up for the gym On an average Saturday night, your go-to plans are… A. Sophisticated dinner party B. Pjs, Netflix, and bowl of popcorn C. Clubbing D. Grabbing a casual drink and chatting with friends Your Pet Peeve is… A. When people are late B. Unruly families C. Preachy health-nuts D. Bad breath Ideal weekend getaway: A. Spa/ski trip to the mountains (quiet, please!) B. Desert vacation—sun exposure necessary C. Vegas!!! D. Napa Valley wine tasting You are surrounded by bad drivers and bad traffic—how do you handle the road rage? A. Throw them the finger and weave like your life depends on it B. Take a breather and listen your favorite podcast C. Cursing under your breathe D. Pulling off—you would rather sit in a store and shop around than sit in traffic You are sitting next to an unruly child on the airplane, how do you handle it? A. Trick question, there are no babies in first class B. Attempt to console the baby and make ridiculous faces C. Put on a movie and ride it out D. Order a drink and try to sleep What is your go-to first date spot? A. New hip restaurant/bar mentioned in Elite magazine B. Your favorite local spot where the staff knows your name and order C. Dave & busters—let’s get this bread! D. New tapas restaurant with a killer cocktail menu Go-to road trip jam? A. Success training podcast—your friends could stand to learn a few things B. Anything top-50 C. Whatever’s on the radio! D. Country, baby! Your friends describe you as… A. Driven B. Loyal C. Fun-loving D. Put together You have 24 hours to live, what is on your agenda? A. Getting your affairs in order B. Spending time with family and friends C. Checking off your craziest bucket list items D. Throwing a last hurrah party You are in a rush and SO hungry, what’s your on-the-go meal? A. Something caffeinated B. Homemade sandwich with anything from the fridge C. Whatever has the shortest line D. Trail mix from Whole Foods Go-to cocktail? A. Dirty martini, extra olives B. Moscow mule C. Whatever the bartender recommends D. Cosmopolitan Check your answers Mostly A’s: Espresso Shot You are always on the go and ready for the next challenge ahead. You are focused and don’t like beating around the bush—to put it bluntly, you are a no BS person. You are successful and appreciate some good town time because, let’s face it, you don’t get much of that these days. Without the help of espresso and highly caffeinated drinks, life would not function as well as it does. Your schedule is a well-oiled machine with the driving force—coffee! Mostly B’s: Iced Coffee You are a homebody and love the small comforts in life. You tend to stick to routines, go back to your favorite restaurants, and keep it low-key—a true human of habit. Just like the iced coffee, you are dependable and stable. Whether you are a student, professional, or vagabond, you are always living life day by day and rely on your morning cup of joe to get your routine off to a good start. Mostly C’s: Frappé You are a fun, lively, and carefree human. You are sweet like the Frappé and care more to splurge on the good things than to hold back in the safe zone—you are a truly spontaneous and fun-loving guy or gal! Your friends hold you in high esteem as you generally elevate the energy in any room with your tenacity and spirit. Watch out though, too much sugar and you might crash! Mostly D’s: Nonfat Sugar Free Vanilla Latte You are a meticulous and conscious human with a killer drive to get what you want. You have no time or patience to put up with the frill and fuss, hence your sugar free and nonfat nature. You get to the point and get things done, all without breaking a sweat or a nail. Your friends look up to your fashion sense and ability to always be on time. The nonfat sugar free vanilla latte is very trendy and always looking to get the edge—your sophistication grants you major love Tie Between Letters: Chai Tea Latte Are you coffee or are you tea? Who knows! Your hybrid personality makes you an easy fit in any social situation and a great wild card at any party. Some days you are a confident go-getter and others you enjoy the pleasures of sitting at home and reading a book in silence. Your unpredictability makes you exciting and a bit confusing—a true coffee anomaly. Make you coffee choice faster with instant coffee. Try it here.4