Is espresso coffee becoming more popular in the US? Having experienced stewed drip filter coffee, I can understand why a number of Americans say they aren't coffee drinkers. Espresso coffee is the norm in Australia these days. Once, all we drank was instant and tea was the preferred hot beverage.
Not in the US myself -- but espresso has become more common everywhere since the invention of its capsule version, though it's not what I would consider as being espresso per se
... even though it is a very close approximation, and in best conditions (perfectly well cleaned and maintained coffee machine plus good, fresh coffee, and good water), it can be better than an average "proper" espresso.
But I am a bit spoilt, because I live in the South of France and right next to the Italian border, so that I can get either a good French café court, serré
or normal according to taste, or even allongé
(which isn't the same thing as a café long
), but also excellent espresso made by Italians for Italians.
Though sadly, the cappuccino here has always been a bit sub-par (though again, my standards are unrealistically high), there's no Spanish-style cafe con leche
at all, and whilst the bar-style French café au lait
here is perfectly proper, a genuine grand crème
is impossible to find in the vicinity (because of the Italian influence), let alone a bourgeois Parisian breakfast café au lait
, which is likely to be the best non-cappuccino style of simple coffee with milk in existence, Viennese and similar being a different category altogether, to clarify.
YMMV of course ...
PS to Ivan, you can sometimes get café Cubano in Spain as well, not sure about Portugal.