One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Coffee made using steam pressure; a drink of this, usually served strong and black in a small cup.
1930s. From Italian caffè espresso, lit. ‘pressed out coffee’ from caffè + espresso, use as adjective of past participle of esprimere to press out, express.
caffè espresso/ˌkafeɪ ɛˈsprɛsəʊ//ˌkafɪ ɪˈsprɛsəʊ/
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