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!



It’s an eternal fact that Italian coffee is the best form of coffee. Why?


It’s pretty evident that Italians have been passionate about espresso for hundreds of years and perhaps the the rest of us are just merely trying to ‘catch-up’.


It is undeniable that the passion, expertise and love is apparent in every delectable sip of Italian-made coffee – and it’s because they just get it. Italians have mastered the process of coffee-making and have therefore perfected the espresso.

Fun fact:

Ernesto Valente produced the first pump driven espresso machine in the 1960’s. This design concept remains the cornerstone for contemporary espresso coffee machines.



On the most part, Italians tend to drink coffee in its purest form – that being Espresso. Espresso is merely one short black shot of coffee and therefore gives you no chance to cover-up a poor espresso coffee with milk, cream or sweeteners. So Italians therefore take great care in delivering  the perfect, organic espresso.


Through every sip, us South Africans are merely the beneficiaries of hundreds of years of experience, expertise and this particular Italian passion for the perfect espresso.

To order your Italian coffee machine or ESE coffee pods, head on over to our online shop!


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: 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.


Why Italians make good coffee


Italians really do and have so ever since the coffee bean first arrived at the ports in Venezia, brought from Islam in the sixteenth century. Italians typically have it first thing in the morning (predictably either espresso or cappuccino), after lunch, then maybe a quick shot to get them through the day, then a post-dinner one before taking their “passeggiata,” or stroll through the centre of the city.
Regardless of the occasion, it is a significant part of Italian tradition that coffee is done right. It’s almost like an art, and the perfect espresso has to be rich, creamy and perfectly balanced.
And what about those gorgeous espresso machines you see in fine coffee shops all over Italy?  We import them specially for South Africans – all the way from Italy itself. You can thank us later 🙂 To check out our phenomenal range of Italian coffee machines – visit emozione.co.za

Get your blood pumping today


With a lovely cup of our MISCELA D’ORO ESPRESSO SINGLE.

Consisting of 70% Arabica and 30% Robusta, it’s blend that has a rich and intense aroma, full body and a velvet crema. It is a medium dark roast with an intoxicating , smooth flavour and mild acidity. Get yours here: http://www.emozione.co.za

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!


Loving the Lungo

Often categorised in the jargon of coffee connoisseurs, the “lungo” ESE coffee pod is one of our favourites!

It’s smooth and sweet, the classic Italian espresso. Lungo is actually translated as ‘long’ in Italian and is commonly known as the “stretched espresso” because an espresso machine is used to make it with generally twice as much water used to make it.

This quality is recommended for people who love espresso for its best features: it is a blend of excellent Arabica coffees with a tiny addition of top quality Robusta. Mild flavour, smooth and generous body, with medium dense crema and excellent aroma. After drinking it, besides feeling better you will have the satisfaction of having drunk a top quality coffee.Thanks to the coarser grinding you are able to enjoy a coffee Lungo or Americano too.

Have you tried our  LUCAFFE CLASSIC LUNGO E.S.E POD? Click here to read more.


80% Arabica, 20% Robusta

Coffee Love

What is your favourite E.S.E pod from our online range?

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We bring the best Italian coffee right to your doorstep in South Africa.

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Happy Wednesday all you coffee lovers!