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.


This ESE pod delivers a magnificently strong and resolute taste. Its full body taste is the result of the dark roasted Robusta and has a deliciously intense aftertaste. This coffee is for real Neapolitan Espresso lovers.

Composition: 100% Robusta

Our  selection of Caffe Borbone Espresso pods are customised specially for ESE pod machines – E.S.E pods (Easy Serving Espresso). This means that there’s absolutely no grinding, no measuring of the ground coffee and no mess. E.S.E pods are the easiest way of making a superb Espresso, Coffee or Cappuccino – with the joy of a convenient  preparation and the right temperature means it has perfect results such as a thick crema.

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.

Price: only R4,30

Click here to view it on our online store!

Coffee and fashion: the perfect combination.

It’s no secret that coffee-drinkers are fashionable, trendy and stylish.

How do you espresso yourself? We looked at a few coffees and made the assumptions ourselves!

Single Espresso

You want to be Parisian cool and are always on the run. Your outfits are simple and organised but always well accessorised. You’re all about the outfit’s trend factor and love to be in style. Your Chanel handbag is your prized possession.


Double Espresso

You have a meeting in the next hour. You rushed out the door this morning and still aren’t sure exactly what you’re wearing.


Triple Espresso

You have a deadline in less than 30 minutes and have been awake since 4am. You’re in your favourite sweats and have no makeup on.



The presumably “fancy order” that has a certain no-nonsense retro chic to it. You dress in Country Road, aspire to holiday in Rome and read Penguin Modern Classics.


Instant Coffee

White, two sugars. You’re dressed in your work clothes and your Woolworth’s pencil Skirt is your go-to outfit piece. Black is your favourite colour to wear.



Get out.

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.


Coffee … AND TEA!

We are proud distributors of some of the best coffee in Cape Town  — and have officially launched a new addition to satisfy your winter cravings. Craving a coffee? We have you sorted. Craving a cup of tea? We have you sorted.


There’s nothing better than nestling up to a warm fire with a good cup of tea or coffee and a book. And by good – we mean premium imports from Italy that will warm every inch of your shivering body this cold winter season.

PLEASE NOTE: This fits the Frog Classic machines in the same way that our ESE coffee pods.

Have a lovely weekend and stay caffeinated!

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.


Proud Moment

We are ecstatic to have found a new owner of our La Piccola – in the  Italian Consulate in Cape Town – who are proud drinkers of our rich variety of espresso coffee.

As always, we are very happy to bring Italy to you! Stay posted for more information regarding specials, deliveries and good coffee!