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How to make authentic Italian coffee at home

How to make authentic Italian coffee at home

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Are you missing that unique taste of coffee you only get when you’re in Italy? Don’t worry, we’ve got you sorted. We also missed this unique flavour, so we decided to create our own blends and source them straight from our favourite historic roastery in Florence.

Italy represents the height of coffee culture and we know a thing or two about the best blends and how they should be enjoyed. The espresso was born in Italy which explains why coffee is often associated with the country.

At Scarpetta, we have created two very unique blends of coffee that are available in ground or whole bean form. This allows you to enjoy the taste of fresh, Italian coffee from the comfort of your own home so you never have to miss out!

We have also recently launched coffee pods in both of our signature blends that are compatible with your original style Nespresso machine. Perfect for a quick, morning energy boost.

The best Italian blends of coffee

It’s not always easy to find a coffee blend offering that authentic Italian taste outside of Italy, so we have made life easy for you. 

Our Vesuvio blend is a classic ‘Caffe Napoletano’ style coffee, a blend of Arabica and Robusta delivering a bold taste and creamy texture. You can expect a bitter caramel scent and an aftertaste of roasted aromas. Our Portofino blend has a delicate, sweet flavour that is full and long-lasting on the palate. This blend is 100% Arabica and will bring you the finest flavours of a true ‘Caffe Milanese’.

Italian coffee beans are usually roasted for a little longer to offer maximum flavour and body. Among the several kinds grown in Italy, Arabica is the most common and amounts to three-quarters of the global coffee production.

How Italians drink their coffee

With so many coffee chains and cafes on the high street in the UK, there are endless options and flavour combinations on offer. Caramel lattes, hazelnut macchiatos and vanilla cappuccinos to name a few.  But in Italy, we like to keep it simple and enjoy the intense, aromatic flavours of the coffee which is why we often drink an espresso. If you go to a classic bar in Italy and ask for a Caffè, this means an espresso. If you want it even shorter, you can ask for a Caffè corto o lungo. We focus more on the blend and roast of the coffee bean rather than adding syrups and other flavours to the drink.

If you really want to push the boat out and make a coffee like an Italian native, you should consider the following. Make sure you use the correct blend of coffee, if it is too finely ground for your espresso machine, you’ll end up with a watery, less flavourful espresso. That’s why our Nespresso Coffee Pods are perfect. We love using our coffee beans for a delicious, chocolatey mocha and if you try this at home, we recommend that you press the coffee harder, for a shorter amount of time for an intense flavour.

Scarpetta Vesuvio Italian Coffee Nespresso Pods

Like a fine wine, you need the right vessel to enjoy the perfect coffee. You should use little espresso cups because a coffee is to be sipped in small amounts. Porcelain is ideal because not only does it regulate the temperature of the coffee, but is a pleasure to drink from.  Another top tip for ensuring you get the most of your espresso is to stir before serving, as the bottom half can be thicker from the coffee beans. 

Lastly, if you really want to impress, warm the cups before serving by filling with boiling water and putting to one side whilst you create your perfect coffee. 

How do you enjoy yours?

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