Seven Buzz-Worthy Ways to Enjoy Espresso

by Kate H. Knapp on April 11, 2014

in Blog, Desserts, Drinks

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My love for coffee began when my grandmother and I would “have coffee,” meaning she would add just a teeny splash to my milk and serve it to me in a mug way too big for my face. In those moments of sipping my coffee, I felt like I had been granted access to a very special club. And I still get that same feeling of belonging and comfort with every cup of joe. The only thing that has changed is that I now choose espresso over coffee.  

Oh espresso, you are my pick-me-up when I’m feeling down; my wake-up-call on a dreary morning; my last satisfying sip after a memorable meal. And just when I think I could not fall any deeper in love with your robust, rich, aromatic flavor, you surprise me with notes of caramel, hints of blackberry, or whispers of vanilla.

You’re so much more than a simple pulled shot. Don’t believe me? I give you six examples of espresso awesomeness, thanks to these truly talented food bloggers.

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1. Affogato: I could kiss the person who had the brilliant idea to add espresso to gelato or ice cream. I’m talking a big ol’ smackaroo (I’ll fly to Italy, if I absolutely must). The cold ice cream slowly meeting and mingling with the warm espresso is pure genius. Though I’m usually a fan of almond gelato in my affogato, this version calls for plain ice cream before being topped with hazelnuts and agave. Who am I to argue with that kind of goodness?  {From Eat Boutique}

2. Café Mocha Cupcakes: My favorite way to brighten a cold winter’s day is with a rich and creamy mocha. Luckily I no longer have to wait for the first snow to fall to get my espresso and chocolate fix, because these adorable cupcakes are the perfect treat any time of year. {From My Baking Addiction}

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3. Espresso, Almond, and Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate Pudding Cups: No, your eyes do not deceive you. This lovely little treat really does include espresso, almond, and dark chocolate all in one cup. Yup, it’s pure magic, deliciously sweet magic. Why magic you ask? Because just one intoxicating bite and you are under its spell. {From Joy the Baker}

4. Vanilla Espresso Almond Butter: This nut butter boom we’re having is really quite wonderful, and this might be my favorite find yet. The sweet combination of so many fabulous flavors is the perfect way to add a little love to your toast, cookies, or cakes. You can also eat it straight from the jar. I won’t tell a soul. {From Kitchen Treaty}

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5. Turmeric Chai latte: There is just something so inviting and comforting about a latte. It’s like a warm embrace. And this inventive mixture of two traditional drinks is like a bear hug in a mug (please pardon the rhyme). The spicy chai plays perfectly with the rich espresso and the bright dash of turmeric brightens even the darkest days. You can’t help but feel loved with every sip. {From Savory Simple}

6. Chocolate Hazelnut Espresso Tart: This tart is something out of a chocolate-, coffee-, nut-lover’s dream. Not only is it stunningly beautiful, but the richness of the espresso, the nuttiness of the hazelnut, and the sweetness of the chocolate are so incredibly decadent and delightful. Oh my. {From The Candid Appetite}

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7. Espresso Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies: Espresso sea salt? As if that creation isn’t enough to make my heart go pitter-patter, you then add it to one of the most beloved cookies of all time. Sigh. Perfection in an easily dunakable vessel. {From Nutmeg Nanny}

Photos taken and styled by Josephine Rozman, Jamie, Joy, Karen, Jennifer, Jonathan, and Brandy.

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Kate H. Knapp

Head Recipe Tester & Shop Editor at Eat Boutique
Kate H. Knapp has been cooking since she was stove-high and whisk-strong. She comes from a long line of cooks and bakers, from whom she learned the sweet power of sugar, the thrill of egg whites, the magic of leftovers, and the importance of being fearless in the kitchen. Kate works as the Urbanist Boston City Guide Editor and has recently earned a Masters in Gastronomy. She spends her free time testing recipes, practicing food photography, and reading cookbooks. Her recipe for life is a work in progress—needs a dash more of this and a pinch of that—but she couldn't be happier with her ingredients.

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  • Dawn

    That tart looks amazing! I could use some espresso filled treats right now.

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