noun, plural es·pres·sos.
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What does espresso mean?
Espresso is a kind of strong coffee made by forcing steam or boiling water through ground, dark-roast coffee beans.
The word espresso often refers to a cup of espresso, as in I like to have an espresso after dinner.
It can also refer to an espresso machine, as in I got an espresso so now I can make my favorite drinks at home.
Espresso is so strong that it’s usually served in a very small cup. Sometimes, people have a “shot” of espresso by itself or added to their coffee to make it stronger.
A cappuccino is espresso with foamed milk.
A somewhat common variant of espresso is expresso. More about that below.
Example: When it comes to coffee, I love espresso—the stronger the better!
Where does espresso come from?
The first records of the word espresso in English come from the 1940s. It comes from the Italian term caffè espresso, which literally means “pressed coffee.”
Sometimes, people pronounce espresso as expresso. This confusion over its pronunciation (and, subsequently, its spelling) probably dates back to the time when espresso started to become widespread in English. The variation from es to ex isn’t all that surprising—the Italian word espresso ultimately derives from the Latin verb exprimere, meaning “to press out.”
In English, the letter combination es is far less common than ex at the beginning of words. So for many English speakers, it feels more natural to pronounce the beginning of espresso as ex rather than es. This has probably been influenced by the word express, which is associated with speed, and the stimulating effects of espresso’s jolt of caffeine.
We know, we know—some people don’t think expresso is a “real word.” But this is how language works. In English, it isn’t all that unusual for variant spellings and pronunciations to become the standard over time. For example, the word bird comes from the Middle English term bryd. The word apron was originally napron, but changed due to the fact that saying a napron sounds a lot like an apron.
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How is espresso used in real life?
People drink espresso for its strong flavor and its high caffeine content.
Double espresso a lil bit of sugar pic.twitter.com/kL1ozX3Q0G
— Martin Adrian (@Enarion2) July 20, 2020
I feel like I just had 5 shots of espresso… How to attempt to sleep?!
— Invictus (@Invictus1013) July 26, 2020
The world is so beautiful in the morning. The wet tree air is the greatest smell upon waking up. With an espresso down, let's get the day started!
— Koosha Azim (@kooshaazim) July 25, 2020
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Is espresso used correctly in the following sentence?
You want to take a break and grab an espresso?
Example sentences from the Web for espresso
Even if I could drop $1,500 on an espresso machine, or better yet, $10,000 on a fridge, I’m not sure I’d deck out an entire kitchen in the stuff.I Can’t Stop Looking at These Outrageous Dolce & Gabbana Kitchen Appliances|Stefania Orrù|December 10, 2020|Eater
Brewed coffee and espresso — whether from a coffee shop or made at home — have been part of my daily routine for years.
To descale your espresso machine, just fill the water reservoir with a solution of two tablespoons of citric acid for every quart of water, stir it to fully dissolve the crystals, and run the machine normally.The one ingredient you need to clean the dishwasher and four other gross household items|Sandra Gutierrez G.|November 5, 2020|Popular Science
This makes it less messy, but it’s only useful if you have a real espresso machine.Gear to make every day feel like National Coffee Day|PopSci Commerce Team|September 29, 2020|Popular Science
The San Francisco–based maker of collaboration software has since gotten an espresso machine—or two or three—not to mention gone public.
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|Allison McNearney|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Espresso breaks are common in Palermo, especially at the elegant, old world Antico Caffe Spinnato.
Even the humble espresso machine got bad press, despite being the size of a thermos cup and brought as a joke.
After I meditate, I shoot a strong espresso and go to the desk.
Several espresso-mobiles (a brilliant innovation) were set up to keep the crowd caffeinated.