Café Crema


Café Crema is similar to a long espresso drink except it has twice the amount of water and resembles an American Black Coffee. This drink is primarily served in southern Switzerland and Austria and northern Italy. The grind of the beans will be coarser which allows more water to flow through.

A Café Crema will be from 6 to 8 ounces of coffee. This drink is not common in many areas since it requires a different grind of the beans than a standard espresso and practice by the brewer to get a correct water to coffee balance. Instead, they may serve a Café Americano or a Long Black.



  • 1 ½ Tbsp. Espresso Coffee
  • Cold water




  1. Select a coffee with a coarser grind (something appropriate for a French press). You may need to experiment.
  2. Fill the basket of the espresso machine until it is full. Tamp the coffee down and make sure there are no grinds on the outside lip to allow a good seal onto the espresso machine.
  3. Make sure there is clean cold water in the machine.
  4. Run the machine according to instructions to “pull” the espresso. Fill approximately 6 ounces (150 ml) of espresso into the cup. Note that with coarser coffee, the water will flow faster than a standard espresso. But, a 25 second extraction time should be your goal. If you take too long, use a coarser grind on the coffee.
  5. Once you have pulled to correct amount, stop the brewing process on the machine and pull the cup to not get more coffee into the cup which will change the flavor of the coffee.

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