"Quick in time," that’s what espresso means in Italian. This coffee made its debut at a time in the 20th century when the world was picking up pace and people had no time to wait. The concept of espresso originated from the idea of not making people wait for their favorite to-go beverage.

Espresso is often mistaken to be made at a specific roast level or from a particular coffee bean. However, it is actually the coffee-brewing method that is different.

Any coffee bean pressurized with steam creates a much concentrated form of coffee topped with smooth foam. This mixture is used as a base for several coffee delicacies.

Due to the popularity this coffee has gained among people, Nov. 23 is celebrated as the National Espresso Day in the United States.

On this occasion, here are a few quotes by espresso lovers, courtesy AZ Quotes

  • "Espresso consumption is an aesthetic experience, like tasting a vintage wine or admiring a painting." – Andrea Illy
  • "The quintessential expression of coffee is espresso." – Ernesto Illy
  • "The voodoo priest and all his powders were as nothing compared to espresso, cappuccino, and mocha, which are stronger than all the religions of the world combined, and perhaps stronger than the human soul itself." – Mark Helprin
  • "I love coffee. I love a midday espresso on set, just for the energy." – Carrie Brownstein
  • "Coffee arrived and the espresso was excellent, like an aromatic electric fence." – Ben Aaronovitch
  • "What I don't like is breakfast in the morning. I have a double-espresso cappuccino, but no food." – Wolfgang Puck
  • "To espresso or to latte, that is the question...whether 'tis tastier on the palate to choose white mocha over plain...or to take a cup to go. Or a mug to stay, or extra cream, or have nothing, and by opposing the endless choice, end one's heartache." – Jasper Fforde
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