Often I hear people asking for an expresso or see menus with expresso on it, maybe it’s an English translation of the Italian word espresso, but how does the ‘o’ in express-o then come in to play? So lets make it clear, expresso isn’t a word, it’s a made up word by combining espresso with its English translation express. But does espresso just mean fast? Or is there more to the word when using it in the contextual realms of coffee?
Actually there’s a lot of idea to what espresso means. Some believes that the word means pressed out or under pressure. Others stick to a more signified sense of the word in that it is made to order – expressly for the customer. But in fact if you just translate the word espresso it means, as I said, express or fast.
So that leaves us which three meanings of the word espresso, all in correlation with the word express:
- Pressed out.
- Made to order
So maybe the correct way to give meaning to the word to day is all of the above. Espresso means a fast, pressed out and made to order coffee, just for you.