- a strong coffee prepared by forcing live steam under pressure, or boiling water, through ground dark-roast coffee beans.
- a cup of this coffee.
Origin of espresso
Examples from the Web for espresso
Available at Anova Aeropress Coffee Espresso Maker, $26 Every year, there seems to be a new favorite coffee maker.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Richard Hendriks in Your Life
November 29, 2014
Espresso breaks are common in Palermo, especially at the elegant, old world Antico Caffe Spinnato.Palermo Is Not Just for the Mafia Anymore
August 18, 2014
At home, I start the day by scooping out a couple of heaping tablespoons of Starbucks espresso roast into my Breville machine.The Starbucks Shutdown Petition Is Baloney
October 11, 2013
Two cups of espresso before walking the dog and reading the Arts section of The New York Times.How I Write: Elena Gorokhova
August 2, 2012
According to Lowe, Farley “has a shot of espresso before every closeup” and also has a gargantuan appetite.Rob Lowe's Memoir Revealed
April 25, 2011
- strong coffee made by forcing steam or boiling water through ground coffee beans
- an apparatus for making coffee in this way
Word Origin and History for espresso
1945, from Italian caffe espresso, from espresso "pressed out," from past participle of esprimere, from Latin exprimere "press out" (see express). In reference to the steam pressure.