Espresso is a term derived from the Latin “to press” and the Italian word for “to press out.” It refers to strong black coffee made by forcing steam through finely-ground coffee beans. In Italy, people stand and socialize at their local espresso bar while they wait for their hot shot to be concocted. Mary Beth Albright, the food writer for The Washington Post, says “Espresso is social.” Her 2018 column, “How to drink coffee like an Italian” declares “A happy reverence surrounds espresso, in the way of an honored guest dropping in for five minutes during a party. The guest leaves a resonant sparkle in her wake, but the point was the visit itself.”