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Staff Picks: National Espresso Day

Time to bust out the tiny mugs.

by John Crisan | November 22, 2021

We love discovering new coffees at home as much as you do! So, we’re letting you in on Team Trade’s current favorites with our weekly series, Staff Picks.

When I think of espresso, only one thing comes to mind... “There are so many ways to have it!” Iced, with steamed milk, dry foam, straight-up, maybe even some maple syrup if you’re feeling adventurous.

Before all that though, I have to choose a coffee: Do I go fruity and bright, classic and punchy, or just sweet mellow and easy? Luckily, there’s an option for any mood I may find myself in. Here are a few of my favorite coffees for making espresso. Some are espresso-specific blends, some aren’t, but they’re all stellar when made into espresso with care. In honor of National Espresso Day on November 23, I've picked a few of my favorites.

PS If your espresso at home isn’t quite what you hoped for yet, this article details some common home brewing mistakes and how to remedy them!

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Much gentler than the name would imply, Bear Hug from Dogwood Coffee is an easy brewing, chocolaty espresso blend that tastes like someone melted caramel in your cup. Just as good straight as it is with a splash of steamed milk.

Dogwood Bear Hug Espresso ($18.85)

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Taking it up a step in complexity, this single origin from Sterling has the body to stand up to the espresso process and keep it’s dark, brooding fruit notes to compliment a sweet chocolate finish.

Sterling El Borbollon ($22.30)

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Sometimes you just want something simple, strong, and to the point. Oren’s doesn’t disappoint with this classic Italian roast. It's everything we know and love about the rich flavor profile of Italian-style espresso, enough to be its own breakfast for sure.

Oren's Italian Roast ($20.00)

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Brimming with energy, this bright lime-forward coffee Zambian coffee from Good Citizen has the sweetness to support a zippy espresso shot. Notes of cranberry, lime, and sweet vanilla mean you’ll never run out of things to taste in this lighter coffee.

Good Citizen Kateshi Isanya ($21.20)