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Question: What is espresso or expresso?
Is that rich coffee brew called espresso or expresso?
Answer: Espresso, which originated in Milan, Italy circa 1900, is a very dark, bitter Italian coffee often miscalled expresso.

The term espresso comes from the Italian meaning "pressed out," referring to the process of pushing the freshly fine-ground bean essence through a special machine using steam and water. This process creates a highly concentrated brew with a thin layer of creamy, dark beige froth on the coffee's surface.

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