Espresso Equipment

Written by Ingrid Chen
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Espresso is Italian for "pressed out," which refers to the technique used to make the strong coffee drink. It is a pure, concentrated form of coffee, as hot water is pressured through finely-ground coffee beans. Espresso is generally made with a dark roast of coffee bean to provide a more full-bodied flavor. Its concentrated consistency makes it a perfect base for other coffee drinks, such as lattes and cappuccinos, which require milk, syrups or other elements that dilute the strong flavor of pure espresso.

Some individuals, however, choose to drink espresso straight up, for the same reasons that others choose to dilute it. The concentrated aspect appeals to coffee aficionados in particular, because it is considered the purest drinking form of the coffee bean. Because espresso is so potent, it is usually served in small, "shot"-like servings.

The Equipment Required for Espresso Drinks

The current popularity of espresso drinks has now found us familiar with the large, complex machines that we see in every coffee shop. However, small machines are available for personal use or compact production. Adding coffee and/or espresso drinks to your concession menu may multiply profits, simply because a huge number of people drink coffee on a daily basis, sometimes several times a day.

In order to offer coffee drinks, you must also consider the equipment and supplies that come along. However, these may not be as complicated as you think. Sugar and cream are the two most common additions to coffee drinks. Make sure that you provide enough sugar for your level of coffee sales. Cream may be offered in packets or with dispensers.

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