I feel stupid almost every time I enter a coffee shop.
“Yes, I’d like a 16oz latte with 4 shots of espresso.”
“Sure.” the barista says.
He continues, talking to one of his co-workers, “Medium latte with four shots of expresso.”
“Got it, four shots of expresso.”
I always thought that the term was espresso (as in ES), but it turns out I’m wrong. The correct terminology for ordering my intense caffeine fix is not Espresso, but rather EXpresso (like expressway).
Ask just about anyone on the street: “Hey, what are those caffeine shots they put in coffee beverages?”
“Dude, everyone knows it’s expresso.”
Damn! How could I have been so freakin’ clueless this whole time?
You mean, every since I started experiencing the joy of overpriced coffee, I’ve been an idiot? Yep.
So next time you’re in that coffee shop, order your expresso with style and enunciate your sentence as if you were in slow motion, “Hi, I’d like an expresso.”
End of Sarcasm
You see, according to the Wiktionary (weird name, but okay), EXpresso is an alternate spelling of ESpresso.
Yep, you just read that right. For people who have trouble with putting the letter S after the E, there’s an alternative where you can put the X after the E (this could very well be the same situation where people replace the SK in ASK with an X). Convenient, right?
So the next time, someone says, “I’d like an expresso”, they’re right. They’re just using the “alternate” word that is technically correct.
However, I can still scoff and secretly call the person an idiot while I order my espresso.