Remember to use a lot of molto Italiano hand gestures when saying these words: la macinazione — the correct, very fine grinding of the coffee beans la macchina — the espresso machine itself la miscela — the coffee blend, often a mixture of high-quality Brazilian beans, but with many variations la mano — the skilled hand of the person making the coffee
2. Ask your barista for a demonstration
Now that you know the proper terminology, if you’re on friendly terms with your neighborhood barista, ask if he or she will show you how the professionals make the perfect cup of espresso. (Just don’t do this during the morning rush.) This might also be a great chance for a friend with a new espresso machine to show it off to you.
3. Enjoy espresso even if you’re not a coffee drinker
Try popping a few chocolate-covered espresso beans (in moderation — they pack a punch). If you like a subtle hint of coffee flavor, try adding espresso to a cup of hot chocolate for a mocha treat.