There are many types of Italian coffee. We all have heard the name of some of these Italian coffees such as espresso and cappuccino, while some others like Rema al caffè and Marocchino may sound unfamiliar to us.
As Italians drink their coffees in bars and not in coffee shops, and bars usually don’t have a menu, you might be interested in knowing some of the most desirable coffees in Italy if you want to spend your next vacation in this beautiful country.
The most popular desirable coffee in Italy
The most popular Italian coffee is at the bottom of the list, so stay with us to find out what is the most popular coffee in Italy.
Barbajada or Barbagliata or Milanese hot chocolate is a sweet frothy drink. Barbajada is made of freshly brewed espresso or café forte, which is then lightly sweetened and diluted with milk.
Then, it is flavored with chocolate or cocoa, and the drink is topped with whipped cream. Barbajada was invented in 1859 by a waiter named Domenico Barbaja who worked at Caffè dei Virtuosi.
This Italian version of ice coffee consists of sweetened espresso and ice cubes that are shaken in a cocktail shaker (yes, it is named Shakerato because of the shaken ice cubes!) Italians usually drink Shakerato during the summer as a cold version of traditional espresso.
When they pour Shakerato in a glass, the drink has a frothy layer on top, because of its unique preparation. Shakerato is usually strained and served in a stemmed glass. It’s common in Italy to spike Shakerato with creamy vanilla or coffee-flavored liqueurs.
The next coffee in the list of the most desirable coffees in Italy dates back to the 18th century. Bicerin is mostly enjoyed throughout Turin. It consists of an espresso layered with hot chocolate and then topped with whipped cream. Bicerin is often served in tall, clear glasses, because all of its three layers should be visible.
This Italian-style coffee is made with a traditional moka pot. The coffee made with moka pot is full-bodied and strong having a more intense flavor profile than regular brewed coffee.
Moka pot is an aluminum pot invented in 1933 as an affordable and convenient way to brew coffee that would be comparable to the iconic Italian espresso.
It is an espresso-based coffee which has been first mentioned in 1867 in Italian Journeys, and nobody knows about its exact origin. Caffè latte consists of an espresso topped with steamed and lightly frothed milk. The usual ratio is 1:3 in favor of milk, but not all Caffè lattes are made with the same ratio.
Macchiato is made by topping a shot of espresso with one or two teaspoons of steamed milk. The milk should never be overpowering as it is just added to enhance the flavor of the coffee.
Macchiato means spotted or stained, referring to the small amount of milk that is added to the espresso. Italians mainly enjoy caffè macchiato as an afternoon drink.
To make Italian caffè Americano, hot water is added to an espresso shot. There is no constant ratio of coffee and water in caffè Americano. The creamy foam on top of espresso should be partially dissipated by the process of adding water to the coffee. Nobody knows about the exact origins of caffè Americano, but some say it became one of the most desirable coffees in Italy during the Second World War by American soldiers in Europe.
Ristretto means ‘restricted’ in Italian, it is named so because this Italian coffee is half of a single shot of espresso. Ristretto is more concentrated and less bitter than the regular espresso as when making it, the same amount of coffee used for espresso is extracted with half the amount of water used for it.
This Italian coffee is made with espresso and steam-foamed milk. In the 1930s, Cappuccino was topped with whipped cream, but after the invention of the espresso machine, it gained its current form.
Traditional Italian cappuccino is prepared by pulling a single or a double shot of espresso topped with a light and frothy steamed milk and served in small cups. In Italy, they recommend having more froth than liquid in a Cappuccino.
As you might have guessed, the Italian coffee on the top of the list of the most desirable coffees in Italy is Espresso. Espresso, invented in Turin in 1884, is prepared worldwide with the espresso machine. When preparing an espresso, a small amount of hot water is forced under high pressure through finely-ground coffee beans.
Espresso has a thick and almost syrupy texture and has more caffeine than other coffee beverages.