• Jace Shoemaker-Galloway

National Espresso Day

Have you heard the latest “buzz?” A very tasty beverage holiday is here and Americans are in the mood to celebrate! If you need a little something to get up and go, go grab your cup. Nov. 23 is National Espresso Day in the U.S.A!

The annual beverage holiday celebrates espresso, the bold Italian-style coffee that millions just can’t seem to get enough of. Many believe espresso is a type of bean, it isn’t. It is actually the way it is brewed that makes it espresso. Legend has it that Luigi Bezzera “invented” espresso after being frustrated at just how long it took to make a good cup of coffee. He figured out that by adding steam pressure to the coffee process, it produced a much stronger cup of Joe. Pressurized hot water is forced though finely ground coffee resulting in a delicious drink and topped off with a delightfully rich foam called crema.

Today, espresso is a popular drink enjoyed around the world – and beyond! A new 44-pound ISSpresso Machine has been developed for the astronauts in space! No more instant coffee for the astronauts aboard the International Space Station! The zero-gravity ISSpresso machine will be hand delivered to the orbital station this weekend by Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti. Now the astronauts will get to wake up to a delicious cuppa while enjoying a spectacular, out-of-this-world view!