Hi everyone! I'm joining Susan at "Between Naps on the Porch" for "Tablescape Thursday" and thought it would be the perfect opportunity to sit down for a hot cup of espresso!
But first...a little background on "espresso."
Espresso was invented in 1903 by Luigi Bezzera, the owner of a manufacturing business. Mr. Bezzera longed to find a way to brew coffee much faster. Wasting some time after work one day, he added pressure to the coffee brewing process, reducing brewing time. The machine that he later introduced was termed the "Fast Coffee Machine", which is where the word "espresso" comes from...espresso means "fast" in Italian! Not only did his machine reduce brewing time, it made a better cup of coffee. The quick brewing time allowed the best qualities of the bean to be extracted, avoiding some of the unfavorable qualities associated with over-extraction. Luigi Bezzera was not at all successful in marketing the machine, and he had no money.
We will be having our espresso in a lovely demitasse set I bought in Sacile, Italy at one of the outdoor markets.
Oh...I thought you might like to see what Sacile looks like...
This is a stock photo of Sacile. Below is a photo from the same vantage point my husband took...
And the market...
We have stayed several times at the Hotel Due Leoni, in the background of this photo, which you can visit HERE.
Besides the obviously American tourist in this photo, notice how everyone is dressed?? I think every person I saw looked so chic and nice. And you should see the shoes in the stores. If you love shoes like I do...stop! Enough of that!!
Ok, let's keep going! I'll show you a few more photos of this beautiful town before we have our coffee...
Ok, it's time to come back to North Carolina where we are covered in 8 inches of snow...
Each cup and saucer is different...
I thought the Mexican Talavera candle holders were perfect with the bold colors of the Italian cups...
I was so happy to use these vintage cocktail napkins because the colors were just perfect!
I also bought the spoons at the same market.
Notice the stovetop espresso pot? My husband told me his mother in Puerto Rico used this kind of pot so I bought one. I had used the electric espresso/cappuccino makers before, but I can tell you this makes the best espresso ever! It's so easy too. We typically don't use steamed milk, which would be the only thing this pot can't do. You can buy one HERE.
I LOVED the coffee there so much, but being a typical American, I needed more than a little "shot" of espresso!
We do love our coffee and I think both of us love the coffee in Italy and Turkey best. We'll visit Turkey and have coffee there next time...
Where it all came from:
Demitasse cups, saucers and spoons-- Sacile, Italy
Espresso Pot--"The Kitchen Shop," Waynesville, NC
Aluminum Tray-- my dad made:-)
Gold napkins-- World Market a few years ago
Cocktail Napkins-- vintage from my family collection
Talavera Candle Holders-- TJ Maxx about 4 years ago
I hope you enjoy our espresso and our visit to Sacile, Italy:-) Thank you so much for stopping by, and for the lovely comments. And thanks for letting me see all your wonderfully creative ideas!!