Travel and coffee are so interrelated, for me at least, that I cannot help but to point out that today is National Espresso Day.
If you are a regular reader of Live and Let’s Fly, you know that I love coffee. But I love espresso in particular. Wherever I am in the world, one of the joys of my morning routine is seeking out great espresso.
Today, November 23rd, is National Espresso Day. What a prefect Saturday for a nice cup of coffee.
What’s the difference between espresso and just plain coffee? According to professional baristas, it doesn’t really matter what kind of bean you use, or how it’s roasted — it’s all in the way the beans are brewed. Forcing pressurized water through finely-ground coffee beans produces a concentrated brew with its signature delicate foam. This foam, or crema, to use its proper name, contains concentrated sugars and oils from the beans, adding a light sweetness that helps balance out the bitterness.
I’m spending the weekend in Santa Barbara with my family. Yesterday afternoon, we stopped at a little café in Santa Paula, CA called Rabalais’ Bistro.
As I write this, I am enjoying my morning coffee on the terrace of the soon-to-be-beautiful Hyatt Centric.
This afternoon, I’ll be on the hunt for good coffee in downtown Santa Barbara. I know that Peet’s is there, the only national coffee chain I enjoy, but I’ll be looking for something more local.
Happy National Espresso Day!
(H/T: Shelli, my fellow So. Cal. blogger and coffee aficionado)