Espresso is a short and strong coffee drinks. It can be drank as such or as a base for many other coffee beverages.
Italy is the original home of espresso. The name espresso means a drink that quickly and personally prepared for you. Espresso is a base for many other coffee drinks such as latte, cappuccino and americano.
Making espressos requires an espresso machine that pushes hot water with high-pressure trough finely grinded coffee. When espresso is done correctly, it normally has layer of golden brown crema on top.