'Espresso' is Italian for 'express' or 'fast'.
Espresso is reputed to be the base of all great coffees. Although the praise for
the invention of this style of coffee goes to the Italians, the first espresso machine
was actually developed in France. It was a rather crude attempt, however, and it
was the Italians who developed it into the machine that we know today. An espresso
machine uses pressure to force hot water through finely ground coffee. The Italians
serve espresso in a 'demitasse' (meaning half-cup), containing 1 1/2 ounces of rich,
dark, coffee with a golden crema (or foam) on top. Superb for those who like an
intense coffee experience.
Espresso with hot water added. Some say the name arose due to the similarity of
the strength of this coffee to the regular American drip coffee.
Espresso served with a slice of lemon.