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Stamps celebrate coffee craze

The Espresso Drinks stamps feature 1920s- and 1930s-style advertising images

The Postal Service will celebrate the nation’s love of coffee when it releases its Espresso Drinks stamps on April 9.

The 20-stamp booklet features four designs that each illustrate a different drink — espresso, cappuccino, caffe latte and caffe mocha.

The stamps, announced last fall, aim to capitalize on the popularity of espresso beverages. The trend has been driven by the rise of artisanal coffee shops, extensive research on the roasting and brewing process, and ongoing innovation in coffee-making machinery.

Each stamp features a digital illustration created in the style of 1920s and 1930s advertising posters. The name of each drink appears in art-deco-inspired lettering.

Greg Breeding, a USPS art director, designed the stamps using original artwork by Terry Allen.

The Espresso Drinks stamps will be available at Post Offices and