November 23rd

National Espresso Day -

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Welcome to National Espresso Day, a day that celebrates the rich and intense flavors of one of the most beloved coffee beverages in the world – espresso. Every year on November 23rd, coffee enthusiasts and connoisseurs unite to pay homage to this small yet powerful drink that has become an integral part of our daily routines.

Characterized by its intense, full-bodied taste and concentrated caffeine kick, espresso has garnered a steadfast following of individuals who appreciate its complexity and the artistry behind its creation.

History of National Espresso Day

The invention of espresso can be traced back to the early years of the 20th century when Italian inventor Luigi Bezzera was in search of a swift way to make coffee. Luigi patented a unique technique in 1901 that involved forcing water through a small quantity of coffee grounds under high pressure. This pioneering machine was initially labeled as ‘Bezzera Coffee Machine’, but it eventually became known as the espresso machine when introduced commercially.

The term ‘espresso’ derives from the Italian word ‘esprimere’, which translates to ‘to express’. This term related to the fast ‘expression’ of coffee from the beans using high pressure.

Espresso’s popularity soared rapidly in its native land, Italy. Eventually, cafes were bustling with patrons waiting patiently for a shot of this newfound marvel, espresso. By the middle of the 20th century, espresso consumption had become deeply entrenched in Italian culture.

The espresso wave hit the American shores in the 1980s, largely due to Howard Schultz’s promotional efforts, who would later become the CEO of Starbucks. Espresso became the central ingredient in popular beverages such as cappuccinos, lattes, and macchiatos, which remain much-loved drinks to this day.

National Espresso Day Timeline

Beginning of coffee history

A goat herder in Ethiopia named Kaldi discovered his goats were acting spirited after eating certain red beans from a tree.

First coffee shop in England

Opened in St. Michael’s Alley, Cornhill, in the city of London.

Invention of Espresso Machine

The first patented espresso machine was introduced by Francesco Illy, an Italian coffee roaster.

Improvement of Espresso Machine

Achille Gaggia perfected the espresso machine by adding a spring-powered lever system.

Introduction of Automatic Espresso Machines

Automatic espresso machines made their way into homes, paving the way for espresso popularity.

New wave of coffee culture

Specialty coffee shops on the rise globally, leading to widespread popularity of espressos and the art of brewing.

National Espresso Day

Celebrated annually on November 23, espresso lovers across the US celebrate the rich, full-bodied coffee brew.

Ideas to Celebrate National Espresso Day

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Host an Espresso Tasting Party

Invite your coffee-loving friends over for an espresso tasting party. You can sample different beans, brewing methods, and toppings. Compare notes and enjoy the rich and bold flavors of different espressos.

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Barista for a Day

Spend the day learning how to be a barista. Take a course online or sign up for barista lessons at a local coffee shop. Learn to make the perfect shot of espresso and other coffee drinks as well.

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Coffee Shop Hop

Create a list of local coffee shops in your area and spend the day visiting each one. Try their unique espresso drinks and enjoy the different atmospheres. Don’t forget to share your experiences on social media.

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Espresso-Based Delights

Spend the day making espresso-based food and drinks. From Tiramisu to white chocolate espresso martinis, there are several recipes to choose from. Enjoy a day of espresso-themed cooking and baking.

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Create a new Espresso Recipe

Celebrate the day by creating your own unique espresso beverage. You can experiment with different flavors, ingredients and even give your drink a creative name. Share your recipe online to inspire others.

7 Interesting Facts About Espresso


Italian Origin

Espresso originated in Italy in the early 20th Century. The Italian term 'espresso', when translated, means 'when something is forced out'.


The Espresso Machine

The first espresso machine was created by the French Louis Bernard Rabaut in 1822. It was designed to brew coffee by forcing a small amount of nearly boiling water under pressure through finely-ground coffee beans.


Not a Bean or Roast Type

Contrary to popular belief, espresso is not a specific type of bean, bean blend, or roast level. Any coffee bean or roasting level can be used to produce authentic espresso.


Stronger than Coffee

Ounce for ounce, espresso has more caffeine than a regular brew. However, because the servings are usually smaller, you get less caffeine in a typical cup.


A Base for Other Drinks

Espresso serves as the base for other popular coffee drinks like cappuccinos, lattes, mochas, macchiatos, and Americanos.


Crema Presence

A clear indication of a good espresso is the presence of crema – a reddish-brown foam that floats on the surface of the espresso. It adds sweetness, richness, and a unique flavour to the drink.


Short Brewing Time

An ideal shot of espresso takes only about 20 to 30 seconds to brew. The quick brewing time extracts the coffee's best flavours and avoids the acids and bitterness.

National Espresso Day FAQs

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National Espresso Day Word Search

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