Coffee and espresso lovers, get excited, because November 23 is National Espresso Day. How does espresso differ from a typical cup of coffee? Espresso is essentially concentrated coffee. It stands out from its coffee counterparts as its brewing method of very hot, pressurized water extracts maximum coffee taste. Espresso is also unique in that its beans are grounded finer and roasted longer, which provides a cup of coffee with the deepest, richest, and toastiest flavor possible. According to coffeebros.com, espresso tends to have a stronger taste, but most times, it has less caffeine than a regular cup of coffee because espresso tends to be a smaller serving due to its brew. For espresso experts or those looking to shake up their regular coffee routine with an extra shot of espresso, here is a list of coffee spots to drink a cup of espresso joe in honor of National Espresso Day.
Located in the historic Treme near the French Quarter, Treme Coffeehouse is vibrant and colorful both inside and out. Their space invites all to try delicious coffee, sandwiches, snowballs, and all the variety that their menu has to offer. This family-owned coffeehouse was deemed by vacationidea.com as one of the 25 best coffee shops in New Orleans. Treme Coffeehouse has made it onto many lists, including that of the "top cafés," "coolest coffee shops," and "most essential coffee shops" to visit in the city. Customers can relax themselves in a beautiful atmosphere with local art on the walls and enjoy the terrific espresso drinks that Treme Coffeehouse has become known for. Visit to experience why Treme Coffeehouse is held in such great esteem; the coffee shop's ambiance and locally roasted fair-trade beans makes for both a quality cup of coffee and coffeehouse experience. 1501 St. Philip St., (504) 218-8663, thetremecoffeehouse.com
PJ's Coffee has been a city staple since its very first establishment opened in New Orleans in 1978. It has been a longstanding and renowned coffee chain that has spread throughout the city and the world with numerous locations. PJ's is known for its delicious iced coffees through its special brewing process that ensures that their drinks are flavorful and give the best possible taste from their coffee beans. PJ's aims to provide customers with the greatest coffee that they can, sourcing the top 1 percent of Arabica beans for all to enjoy a unique and tasty coffee experience. Their menu offers great espresso options, whether customers prefer their espresso sweetened, with steamed milk, or served traditionally. For those feeling festive, PJ's also offers limited holiday drinks that feature their flavorful espresso, such as a Peppermint Bark Velvet Ice, Butter Rum Latte, and Gingerbread Latte. Multiple locations, pjscoffee.com
Orleans Coffee Espresso Bar
Orleans Coffee has been supplying the city with delicious cups of brew for over 30 years, taking their time to efficiently roast unique blends with their team of coffee importers. Their espresso drinks are especially flavorful and expertly prepared for all who are looking to start their day with a great coffee or need an afternoon pick-me-up. Orleans Coffee's website provides coffee-lovers with coffee tips and recipes of their favorite drinks, for those who want to make coffee themselves. Orleans Coffee also has espresso and various coffee blends available to purchase online, in case you'd like a coffee delivery at home. Their wide range of coffee specials include Black Pearl Espresso, which is a deep and developed espresso with notes of citrus that aims to satisfy all espresso aficionados. 3445 Prytania St., (504) 332-5999, orleanscoffee.com
A well-known coffee shop throughout the New Orleans and Metairie area is Puccino's. Puccino's is deemed as the real coffee of Italy, providing customers with delectable and pure Italian coffee made of gourmet beans, which are grounded and roasted daily to preserve the best and freshest taste of coffee. Their drinks can be ordered online in advance from various locations, with plenty of espresso and coffee options to go around. Puccino's wide range of coffee flavors include hazelnut, amaretto, mint, chocolate, pumpkin spice, wedding cake, and even king cake, perfect for everyone missing the Mardi Gras season. Puccino's also offers great weekly specials, such as a free espresso shot added to any beverage every Monday, and buy-one, get-one-free beverages with their Tuesday card every Tuesday. Multiple locations, lovepuccinos.com
French Truck Coffee
This coffeeshop's locations are lively and vivid, as their yellow buildings stand out throughout New Orleans. French Truck Coffee can be seen many places, including their trucks that drive throughout the city delivering their delicious coffee. Not only does French Truck Coffee sell cups of their fine roasted brew in stores, but visitors can also purchase bags of their favorite flavors in stores and online through their website. French Truck is truly for coffee-lovers, and their website even has weekly and monthly coffee subscriptions to deliver coffee directly to you as often as you'd like. Among their wide range of coffee roasts are Crosstown Espresso and Erato Espresso, both of which have sweet, silky, and well-balanced flavors. Their Erato Espresso has also become a staple in their cafés, and it includes a special three-bean blend that espresso-lovers are sure to enjoy. Multiple locations, frenchtruckcoffee.com