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crema

noun

cream in a food, a cream sauce, or the topping on a dessert or espresso coffee, esp. tan-colored foam that forms on top of an espresso shot as a result of the brewing process

Examples

The crema is composed of minuscule air bubbles composed of espresso film and forms a "cap" that protects the espresso proper from being exposed to the air.

Word Origin

Ital, Sp

Usage Note

cooking

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