For coffee lovers, you must be familiar with Espresso. One of the bases of various popular coffee offerings in the country such as Cappuccino, Americano, and so on. Its bitter and distinctive taste makes many people make Espresso and its preparations a favorite.

Interestingly, we often hear people refer to Espresso as Expresso. Even today there are still many people who call Espresso or Expresso, so which one is correct? Espr e sso or Expresso? Let’s take a look at the brief explanation below!


Espresso is the name of the machine and the hot coffee drink made by the machine, which is the most popular coffee dish among coffee lovers around the world. This drink is made from finely ground coffee beans with hot water extraction under high pressure, resulting in a thick, syrupy drink.

At the top of the Espresso is a froth that is the result of the emulsification of the coffee grounds, called crema in Italy. This emulsion consists of the smallest particles of ground coffee (known as“fine“), water, coffee oil(caffeol), and carbon dioxide (CO2). A cup of Espresso has a strong flavor, even the average Espresso is ten times more concentrated than filter coffee.

Ordering an Espresso drink is a great time saver, as the process of ordering, making, and even consuming is quick. Espresso was born out of the need to save time. In fact, Luigi Bezzera, known as the “Father of Espresso” also developed the Tipo Gigante (Luigi’s Espresso machine) to save time. It is often said that Espresso can be finished within four minutes of being served.

Espresso Sensation


Crema is the only indicator of Espresso‘s character. Not only does its coloring, thickness, and pattern reveal its quality, but crema is a good indicator of the coffee’s freshness and roast level. Crema plays an important role in Espresso drinks.

  • Light crema can reveal an excellent Espresso.
  • Streaked crema with a beautiful reddish color hides the unbalanced coffee flavor.
  • Sparse crema may indicate a problem with the roasting process or the freshness of the coffee beans.


The scent produced by volatile molecules can be fruity, spicy, or floral. However, the aroma of coffee is not necessarily identical. With Specialty Coffee, the aroma is now considered an integral part of the tasting experience. Retronasal olfaction allows us to gauge the aromatic complexity and size of the best coffee.


The body refers to the consistency of the coffee. Thickness is an important factor of Espresso, which should be ten times more concentrated than filter coffee. The high pressure causes the oil to emulsify and gives a sense of thickness in the mouth.


Espresso tasting can be divided into three phases: beginning, middle, and end. Each phase can be dominated by one flavor: for example, a sour taste at the beginning, a balanced taste in the middle, and a bitter taste at the end. Ideally, the finish, also known as the aftertaste, should provide more aroma than flavor.

Espresso depiction

Good Espresso

Its complexity offers many harmonious positive sensations. Espresso ‘s pleasant coffee-like sweetness offers a sweet taste and delicate aroma, and is slightly tangy. In addition, a good espresso has a good mouthfeel . The balance blends well, giving a slightly tangy coffee flavor.

Bad Espresso

On the acrid aspect, a bad espresso has excessive sourness and bitterness. In addition, it can give a rough sensation in the mouth. Poor espresso gives off a woody aroma caused by poor storage of green coffee beans or errors during the roasting process. The rancid taste produced by Espresso is due to prolonged storage, as well as overroasting, resulting in a less fresh, rancid, woody coffee flavor, with an odor reminiscent of Hessian.

Espresso or Expresso ?

The name“Expresso” comes from“express“, which means fast. With the exception of a few European countries and France, the variant “Espresso“, probably derived from the word “pressione” is Italian, meaning “with pressure”. Today the term “Expresso” tends to be used for about two-thirds of a cup of coffee while the term “Espresso” is reserved for about 30 – 45 milliliters of coffee. And since the Italian style of coffee drinking tends to prevail, the term “Espresso” is considered correct.

In some countries, people use the spelling Expresso for hot coffee produced by an Espresso machine. Perhaps the word is a result of the fact that the coffee drink is made at lightning speed giving birth to a type of coffee called Expresso. However, most experts agree that Expresso is a misspelling of the word “Espresso” as Italian does not have an X alphabet.


From the discussion above, we already know that the word Expresso is the wrong spelling of the word Espresso, some people still think Expresso is correct, because the translation of Espresso into English means “express“, after reading this article we know which word is right and wrong.

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