If you like coffee, then chances are that you’ll really enjoy Italian coffee (or caffe). There are many different styles including “espresso” and cappuccino, which are both popular in the United States. All styles are based on espresso. For example, cappuccino is espresso with steamed milk and milk foam.
Note that “espresso” is a non-Italian term used in the US. What we call espresso is simply “caffe” in Italy (note the accent on the second syllable). I’ll use the more-familiar term “espresso” for this page. Just note that in Italy, the correct term is caffe.
If you want to make “true” espresso, then be prepared to spend several hundred dollars on a high-quality espresso machine like you see in restaurants or cappuccino bars. These machines use high-pressure water to produce the espresso. Home machines, even the $100 models found at WalMart and other places, do not produce enough pressure to create espresso like you find in a coffee bar….
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