When one orders espresso in a coffee bar in Italy, it is simply called “caffè” since it is the base for their coffee drinks. Hence, they are called espresso-based drinks. Espresso means “expressed” in Italian. It’s not a particular type of bean, roast, or blend. Espresso is just a way that coffee is prepared: shooting pressurized , hot water through finely ground coffee.
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