A history of Italian’s and their coffee

*exert taken from Nellositaly.com

Some argue that the Enlightenment took place in eighteenth-century Europe because, simply, that’s when coffee houses first opened. What does that make the Enlightenment? Just one major caffeine buzz. It’s true, Italians love their coffee and have so ever since the coffee bean first arrived at the ports in Venezia, brought from the Islamic world in the sixteenth century. They have it first thing in the morning, typically espresso or cappuccino; have it after lunch; perhaps a quick shot during the work day; then one after dinner before taking the ritual “passeggiata,” or stroll, through the city center. Every household has the famous “macchinetta,” an easy-to-use stove-top percolator made of aluminum and first built in 1933 by Bialetti that, when properly used, produces a delicious espresso at any time. No matter the occasion, coffee must be done right in Italy. It’s an art, and there’s no kidding around about the perfect espresso: rich, creamy, perfectly balanced from start to finish, not one coffee ground burned by the scorching hot, high-pressure water that passed over it. And what about those massive, gorgeous espresso machines you see in fine coffee shops in the United States, certainly all over Italy? We can thank Luigi Bezzera for them! In fact, we can thank him for the espresso itself.

tumblr_nzf6gxzgsS1uw6frmo1_540Some Italians–in fact, many Italians–have one bar (Italian coffee houses are known as “bars”) they frequent every day for their coffee. It’s there where they talk sports and politics. It’s there where they start their day and, at times, end it with an aperitivo, a before-dinner drink (perhaps just after-work drink!). A barista–he or she who prepares the coffee–is revered in Italy. Though some Italians have a preferred bar where they get their coffee, some also have a preferred barista. There’s something to be said about that special barista who can pull that perfect espresso. Thank you, baristi of Italy–of the world, for that matter–for waking us all up and keeping the conversation going!

CAFFÈ BORBONE BLU for the Monday blues

Mondays bring with them an exhaustible amount of blues – but we have you sorted! Our CAFFÈ BORBONE BLU.

One of our favourites is a Neapolitan Roasted Arabica with the perfect amount of Robusta. The composition of this ESE pod has resulted in a deliciously rich Espresso that is balanced with a mild acidity.

Medium roast 70% Arabica, 30% Robusta

Caffe Borbone Espresso pods are customized for pod machines and porta filter machines only – E.S.E pods (Easy Serving Espresso). No grinding, no measure of the ground coffee and no mess. E.S.E pods are the easiest way of making a superb Espresso (Coffee, Cappuccino) with the benefits of a hassle free preparation and perfect results such as a thick crema at the right temperature.

Caffè Borbone is a long established roaster in the Naples region. The balance and flavour of their coffees will confirm that the traditional roasting ethos is still very much intact. Caffè Borbone is roasting and blending coffees for over 28 years.

Coffee: The Engine of Ideas

Coffee may not have been invented in Italy but the coffee culture that we know and love did originate there. Here are a few regular coffee jargons to remind you of the significant difference between an Espresso and a Doppio, or a Cappuccino and a Caffe Latte:

Espresso : known a Caffe in Italy, served in a 3 oz or demitasse cup. Strong in taste with a rich bronze froth known as a crema on top.

Doppio : Simply a double espresso.

Ristretto: More concentrated than a regular espresso that is made with less water.

Lungo or Caffe Americano: An Espresso made with more water – opposite a Ristretto.

Macchiato: Espresso that is “marked” with a dollop of steamed milk on top.

Corretto: Espresso that is “corrected” with grappa, cognac or sambuca.

Cappuccino: Espresso with foamed milk and containing equal parts espresso, steamed milk and foamed milk.

Cappuccino scuro: Cappuccino prepared with less milk and is a darker color.

Cappuccino chiaro: Cappuccino prepared with more milk (but less than a caffe latte) and is lighter in color.

Caffe’ latte: Espresso made with more milk than a cappuccino but only a small amount of foam. In Italy it is usually a breakfast drink.

Latte macchiato: Steamed milk that is “marked” (sometimes ornately) with a shot of espresso coffee.


ESE Pods – bet you didn’t know

Emozione coffee is a distributor of fine Italian ESE coffee pods. So what exactly does that mean? We may not package our coffee like Nespresso or Nescafe – but our coffee is not only rooted in a deep Italian tradition for premium coffee, but is forward-thinking in its pursuit of environmental sustainability .

ESE = Easy Serving Espresso


What it is: A small packed coffee pod covered in paper that is biodegradable. Unlike regular coffee pods that are contained in capsules, ESE pods are round pods that you place inside your espresso machine’s to have your machine brew a perfectly measured shot of espresso. Because of the design of the ESE pod, the coffee is known to taste much fresher than regular capsules.


Do you know the difference

Between Lungo and espresso?

Have a look yourself and tell us what you think is the difference?


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Okay so, we love coffee — and if you’re following us, you probably do too! As avid coffee-lovers we thrive on the kick of a dose of caffeine and indulge in the aroma of Arabica and Java.

But if you didn’t know already, here are some of the added benefits of having more than one or two cups of coffee a day. (This is an extract taken from Runnersworld.com )

Powerful Performance


Researchers from the UK gave cyclists and triathletes a drink with 350 mg of caffeine, coffee with an equal amount of caffeine, decaf coffee, or a placebo drink. One hour later the participants performed a cycling test. The caffeine group and normal coffee group performed equally well – and both were faster than the placebo and decaf groups.

Boost your Antioxidants Coffea_arabica_-_Köhler–s_Medizinal-Pflanzen-189

Arabica coffee beans are rich in antioxidant compounds called caffeoyl quinic acids. One study showed consuming three cups of Arabica coffee daily for four weeks can lower markers for oxidative DNA damage.

Improves your Mood

According to a US National Institutes of Health study, adults who drink four cups or more of coffee daily are about 10 per cent less likely to be depressed than non-coffee drinkers. And a recent US study from the Harvard School of Public Health suggests that drinking two or more cups daily of caffeinated coffee significantly lowers the risk of suicide. Scientists think caffeine may work as a mild antidepressant by impacting neurotransmitters, such as dopamine.

Lowers your Heart-Disease Risk

A study review published in the journal Circulation found that moderate coffee intake (three to four cups a day) is associated with a significant reduction in heart-disease risk. And a recent animal study suggests that coffee may positively impact blood-vessel function and bloodflow.

Helps to prevent Diabetes

A meta-analysis in the European Journal of Nutrition stated that for every two cups of normal or decaf coffee you consume per day, your risk for type 2 diabetes decreases by 10 to 12 per cent. The greatest risk reduction is in drinkers with healthy BMI, which means coffee may help already-slim runners ward off the disease.

Enhances the Functioning of your Brain

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Research shows that the antioxidants in coffee may help protect the brain from cognitive loss, and delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. For two to four years, researchers tracked participants who were 65 and older and had mild cognitive loss. Subjects who averaged about three cups of coffee daily over that time frame did not progress to Alzheimer’s, while those who consumed less than that amount were more likely to develop the disease.

Protects your Liver

A review of liver disease research shows that consuming one to two cups of coffee (not just caffeinated beverages) per day can protect this organ, especially for those at risk of poor liver health, such as people who drink more than two alcoholic beverages a day.

Relieves your Stress


Take a whiff of coffee and it’s likely you’ll feel better. That’s because coffee contains volatile aroma compounds that affect mood. When mice undergoing maze testing are exposed to these compounds, it reduces their arousal level, exerting an anti-anxiety effect.

Different types of coffee that you’ll find in Italy

cafe-ristrettoThink you know a lot about coffee? So did I… Until I recently read a very interesting article that showed me quite the opposite!

Here are just a few of the different types of coffees that Italy has to offer:

caffè Borghetti: An espresso with a little bit of Borghetti liquor in it. It is traditionally consumed at half-time in soccer stadiums.


caffè ristretto:An even smaller version of an Espresso. This is only 20 mls and is very strong!


caffè Lungo: very weak coffee. This is because twice the normal amount of water is let through the ground of the coffee and thus yields a weaker taste because it’s about 40mls.

caffè doppio: double an espresso. If you’re looking for a serious coffee fix in Italy then this is for you!


caffè freddo: iced coffee. Yummy on a summer’s day!

caffè Hag: another way of saying decaffeinated (un deca) coffee.


caffè latte: hot milk and coffee, served in a glass traditionally for breakfast.

caffè macchiato: espresso with just a drop of steamed milk. This is a mini version of a cappuccino.

caffè marocchino: an espresso with a little bit of hot milk and cacao powder. Absolutely delicious!

caffè stretto: an espresso with less water. It is therefore quite small.


Caffè Corretto: An espresso that is “corrected” by a shot of alcohol. The alcohol of choice is usually an Italian brandy, but you can also request for your own choice of liquor.

Stay tuned for more interesting Italian coffee facts!

Have a look at this interesting website aswell!
Lots of coffee love

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Seeing that Italy is the 5th most visited country in the world, we thought we’d have continue our series and today’s visit is from Roma!

It is observed that the people of Rome don’t enjoy savouring the taste of coffee and have a cup of coffee merely for the benefits of caffeine.  Their “drink and go” philosophy leads many / most Romans to consume five or more espresso’s a day.


A very famous café in Rome is called Rosati and CNN called their espresso “bliss in a cup”.



A look at this link is highly recommended – it’s such a great article on Rome!

Hope your week is going well and that you stay tuned for further facts on the amazing country of Italy 🙂

Love from Emozione coffee