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If you crave a rich, pure coffee taste in thick liquid form, espresso is probably the coffee drink you want.

An espresso is not just an extremely concentrated shot of coffee, it is also a brewing method and the basis for many other coffee drinks including cappuccinos, macchiatos, lattes, and americanos.

Espresso is usually made in an espresso machine or a stove-top espresso pot. Hot water is forced through coffee grounds at high pressure resulting in a strong coffee drink. It is known for keeping more of the coffee’s essential oils and for its fine crema (foam).

Espresso History

The history of espresso starts in 1884 when Italian Angelo Moriondo invented a bulk brewer that pushed pressurised steam and water through coffee. In 1901, Italian Luigi Bezzera improved upon the machine and in 1905, the La Pavoni company began to produce machines which could now be used for single servings.

Because the machine is so bulky, and was not available for home use until the 1970s, espressos are mainly associated with coffee houses. However, as machines have become smaller, more espresso enthusiasts are pulling the shots at home.


You don’t need a big bulky machine to make an espresso. There is an easier, faster way – one that gives you the intense coffee flavour you love without any hassle:

NESCAFÉ® Espresso - made from 100% Arabica beans. We wash and roast carefully selected coffee beans to achieve the deep, intense taste needed for this classic type of coffee. A short but rich taste with a velvety golden-brown crema layer.

NESCAFÉ® AZERA® Espresso is a bold blend of instant coffee and finely ground coffee beans, with an intense aroma. This balanced dark fusion delivers a vibrant flavour with an irresistible velvety coffee crema