November 23 is known as National Espresso Day, so be sure to grab a latte on your morning commute today!

According to National Today, professional baristas say the difference between coffee and espresso comes down to how it is brewed. Espresso is made by forcing pressurized water through finely-ground coffee beans. This process creates a concentrated brew with signature foam on top, otherwise known as crema. Each espresso shot has concentrated oils, and sugars form brings, giving the show a hint of sweetness and helping to balance out the bitterness of the drink.

The world’s biggest coffee chain, Starbucks, began its reign 51 years ago in Seattle, Washington. Lattes first came to America in the 1950s, thanks to Italian American Lino Meiorin. He claims he created the first latte at Cafe Mediterranean in Berkley, California, and called it a “long cappuccino.”

There are plenty of reasons why so many people enjoy espresso. First, it wakes you up to prepare you for the day. Espresso can be an afternoon pick-me-up and pair great with tiramisu. Since espresso originated in Italy, coffee drinkers can feel sophisticated drinking out of the tiny cups traditionally used for an espresso shot. 

National Coffee Day is also a great excuse to try something new: order a latte, which is made with milk and shots, with an extra shot to power out your day. Or order an Americano made with shots and water. Add cream or your favorite flavor for a low-carb drink. Another way to observe Espresso Day is to ask your local barista for a demonstration of a perfect espresso shot. They should be able to show how every shot is pulled to make a delicious drink. Make sure to do it before the morning rush. 

Sprinkle a little espresso powder and use it in chocolate frosting for a decadent dessert. Or try a hand at making tiramisu, a dessert with espresso powder on top. Be