Have you ever waited longer than you expected for an espresso despite being the only customer at a cafe? Have you stood watching with vague horror as a barista pulled several shots in a row only to discard them? Have you ever wanted to grab said barista by the shoulders and shout, "What are you doing with all of this coffee, and where is my espresso?!" Don't worry—there's probably a method to the madness.
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Many folks swear by their cappuccino as a kind of morning savior, but did you know the drink's name has supposedly a blessed history? Today, we'll look into how the most sacred of coffee drinks came to have such an evocative appellation.
We all know that bartenders "pull" a beer from the tap into your glass, and that the word barista means "bartender" in Italian, but have you ever wondered where the term "to pull a shot of espresso" come from?
The word espresso is probably one of the most misunderstood things about the beverage itself, believe it or not. Let's explore how this simple term fits into the latte lexicon, and what that might mean regarding your morning cup.