What is Espresso?

What is Espresso?Espresso is a coffee beverage of Italian culture, made quickly, extracted by forcing a small amount of hot water, generally between 194 and 204 degrees Fahrenheit, under roughly 130.5 psi (pounds per square inch) or 8-9 bar pressure through finely ground and usually darker roasted coffee beans.

Espresso is generally more velvety in mouth feel than coffee brewed by other methods, has a higher concentration of suspended and dissolved solids, and has crema, created by the coffee bean’s oils, on top.

In the the photo, the cream has risen to the top. Espresso is best consumed within 10 seconds of completion of the extraction.