There is a product that represents the true Italian spirit all over the world: espresso coffee. A history of tradition and quality, a symbol of true Italian taste and a leading player on the international market. A unique and special taste, which everywhere in the world manages to convey the values typical of Italy.
Italy imports over 8 million bags of coffee every year to satisfy their cravings and to fund the many coffee shops scattered over towns and cities.
Coffee has a long history in Italy. Venice was one of the first European ports to import coffee beans in the 16th century and the 19th century. Italian coffees are characterized by strong, dark roast, which means high bitterness and not interesting taste – flat, sharp, and spicy.
Espresso is the most common of all Italian coffee drinks. It’s a small (20 to 25ml) shot of strong coffee served in a tiny cup. Since it’s the most basic form, in menus espresso is often listed as caffè.
Besides espresso, Cappuccino is the most famous Italian coffee. It typically consists of 1/3 espresso, 1/3 steamed milk, and 1/3 foam. Since it’s quite heavy for a drink, Italians usually don’t drink it after a meal as they do with espresso. It’s worth knowing that cappuccino comes in many variations.