Espresso is a coffee drink that originated in Italy but has since been embraced by countries all over the world. The name of this drink means “to express” in Italian, but most people appreciate it for the concentrated strength of its brew and the delicate foam that’s is its signature topping. This is a coffee drink that’s not only appreciated by millions of people but is also celebrated with its own holiday. This holiday is known as National Espresso Day and it falls on November 23th every year.
The History Of Espresso
Even though we’re not sure when National Espresso Day was celebrated for the first time or who invented it, we do know the history of espresso quite well. This drink owes its existence to the espresso machine—a machine that was first patented in 1884 by Angelo Moriondo from Turin. When this machine was invented, it was listed as a steam machine for the instantaneous confection of coffee.
Later, in 1901, Luigi Bezzera from Milano patented his own version of the espresso machine. This machine was called Tipo Gigante or a giant type machine. Eventually, this machine was purchased by Desiderio Pavoni in 1903. In 1905, he founded the La Pavoni company and began producing espresso machines.
Although espresso machines were sold all around Italy, it wasn’t used in the United States commercially until 1927. This machine was installed at Reggio’s in New York City. Even though these early machines worked well, they tended to create a coffee with a burnt taste. Fortunately, a new espresso machine version was released by Cremonesi in 1938. It’s from that point on that espresso began to gain popularity in the U.S.
Facts About Espresso
Below are some interesting facts about espresso that every coffee fan should know:
- Espresso is less caffeinated than other coffee drinks.
- The Italian government regulates espresso.
- Espresso machines use over 130-pounds of pressure per square inch to extract coffee.
- Astronauts on the International Space Statues can brew espresso since 2015.
How To Celebrate National Espresso Day
The best and most obvious way to celebrate National Espresso Day is by brewing yourself a nice cup of espresso. If that’s not possible—either because you don’t have the time or don’t have the equipment—you can always head to your favorite coffee shop and pick one up. This is also a good day for people who have been wanting to make their own espresso to buy the equipment and coffee that they need to get the job done.
Another way to celebrate this holiday is by posting on social media using the hashtag #NationalEspressoDay. Regardless of whether you’re posting pictures of your perfectly made espresso, or are just shouting out to friends and family that you’re celebrating this holiday, then that’s the perfect hashtag to get out the word about this holiday.
When is National Espresso Day?
|This year (2023)||November 23 (Thursday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Next year (2024)||November 23 (Saturday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Last year (2022)||November 23 (Wednesday)||Multiple dates - more|