crema

noun \ ˈkre-mə \

Definition of crema

1 :a layer of creamy tan froth that forms on the top of freshly made espresso
  • What the head is to the beer lover, the foam called crema is to the espresso aficionado. … The crema is produced as the water is pushed through and past the close-packed grains of coffee, although how that happens is not fully understood.
  • —Sidney PerkowitzUniversal Foam2000
  • Our espressos were topped with a thick, luxuriant layer of crema, the tan froth of emulsified coffee oils that is an absolute prerequisite to a proper espresso.
  • —Jeffrey SteingartenVogueApril 1997
2 :heavy cream thickened and slightly soured usually with buttermilk
  • crema, our southern neighbor's fabulously thick, buttery answer to sour cream.
  • —Denise TaylorBoston Globe5 Nov. 2008
  • Thick, tart Mexican crema (a tangy, cultured cream) is normally swirled into individual soup bowls, too. If it's unavailable, sour cream is a natural stand-in.
  • —Rebecca HaysCook's IllustratedMarch/April 2005

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First Known Use of crema

1982


Learn More about crema

  1. Spanish Central: Translation of crema


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