- Espresso is defined as a type of coffee that is brewed with steam using a special machine.
The strong coffee added to a cappuccino is an example of espresso.
A fresh cup of espresso.
Origin of espressoItalian (caffè) espresso, pressed-out (coffee), past participle of esprimere, to press out, express ; from Classical Latin exprimere: see express
nounpl. es·pres·sos also ex·pres·sos
- A strong coffee brewed by forcing hot water under pressure through darkly roasted, finely ground coffee beans.
- A serving of this beverage: ordered an espresso with dessert.
Origin of espressoItalian (caffè) espresso, espresso (coffee), past participle of esprimere, to press out, from Latin exprimere : ex-, ex- + premere, to press; see per-4 in Indo-European roots.
- espresso breve
Some sources derive the term from “expressly (‘individually, directly’) made for the customer”, or as “fast” (Italian espresso also meaning “fast”, as in English express (“fast”)) but these are not widely credited.
The original term for modern espresso (coffee extracted under pressure) was cream coffee, from Italian caffè crema (variant: crema caffè), due to the crema, and was seen on early Gaggia machines, but this term is no longer used.