Definition of espresso
1 : coffee brewed by forcing steam or hot water through finely ground darkly roasted coffee beans
2 : a cup of espresso
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Recent Examples of espresso from the Web
In a bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and espresso powder.
There’s an espresso bar, streetside patio seating and a gift shop.
Choose from a variety of dry-air diffusion capsules—seaside, espresso, even croissant.
June flavors include creamsicle, summer fizz, espresso caramel and strawberry basil.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the sugar, eggs and espresso powder at medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes.
The kitchen has high-end appliances, an espresso/cappuccino maker, a curved breakfast bar and a $10,000 faucet that looks like a kinetic sculpture.
End with an avocado smoothie with a shot of espresso or green tea cheesecake with frozen whipped cream.
A bottle of caramel syrup could likewise be taxed on the number of ounces of caramel macchiatos created after mixing the syrup with milk and espresso.
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Origin and Etymology of espresso
Italian (caffè) espresso, probably literally, coffee made on the spot at the customer's request
First Known Use: 1945See Words from the same year
ESPRESSO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of espresso for English Language Learners
: strong coffee that is made by forcing steam through finely ground roasted coffee beans
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