The “crema” is a unique feature of espresso brewed coffee: a delicate foam that develops on the surface of each espresso shot.
The crema forms because the incredibly high pressure under which water is forced through the ground coffee carries a higher proportion of the beans’ flavorful oils and other compounds into the cup than other brewing methods. These compounds gather together forming bubbles and eventually a stable foam.
The crema gets its name from its delightfully creamy texture.
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