National Espresso Day

National Espresso Day Quick Facts

2024 DateNovember 23, 2024
2025 DateNovember 23, 2025

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National Espresso Day History

National Espresso Day pays homage to the rich, dark brew loved by many around the globe. It serves up the perfect opportunity to appreciate the beverage's unique blend of flavors, the skill required in its preparation, and the accompanying culture and tradition of communal coffee drinking.

This event takes its name from the Italian espresso machine first patented in 1884. The term “espresso” itself was coined from the Italian for "express" or "fast," reflecting the speed at which this type of coffee could be prepared. Espresso, championing the perfect balance of acidity, bitterness, and sweetness, has since further evolved into many popular variations such as cappuccino, macchiato and Americano.

Throughout National Espresso Day, coffee lovers bask in the artistry of espresso making, experimenting with brewing techniques and sampling flavors from different regions. Brands and cafes often offer special promotions or discounts to mark the occasion, encouraging everyone to savor and celebrate the iconic espresso. National Espresso Day is celebrated annually on November 23rd.

National Espresso Day facts

  • The word ‘espresso’ comes from Italian and means 'express' or 'fast'. This term was chosen due to the speed in which the coffee is prepared with the help of pressure.
  • The espresso machine was first built and patented by Luigi Bezzera in 1901. The machine was designed to force hot water under pressure through finely ground coffee, a process that enhances the coffee's aroma and flavor.
  • To brew a perfect espresso, fresh coffee beans must be used. Once the beans are ground, they should be used immediately for best results.
  • Despite its strong and full flavour, an espresso has roughly one-third of the caffeine of a standard cup of coffee. This is because the coffee is brewed quickly, resulting in less caffeine extraction.

Top things to do for National Espresso Day

  • Use National Espresso Day as a chance to learn more about local coffee shops and roasters in your area. Research their espresso offerings, specialty drinks, and brewing techniques.
  • Take this opportunity to learn the art of creating latte designs. Find tutorials online, practice frothing milk, and try your hand at pouring beautiful patterns on top of your espresso-based drinks.
  • Invest in an espresso machine or use a stovetop espresso maker to make delicious espressos at home. Experiment with different beans, roast levels, and brewing techniques to create your perfect cup.

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