As you sit sipping your morning coffee you might be surprised to learn you have a humble 10th century goatherd to thank for your breakfast drink. Legend has it that a young Ethiopian called Kaldi noticed his goats were full of energy after nibbling on the red berries of the coffea plant and decided to try some himself. The bitter tasting berries did act as a pick me up so Kaldi took some to a monk in the local monastery. Disgusted by the bitter taste, the monk threw the berries in the fire. The aroma of roasting beans was so delicious they were quickly raked from the flames and the first cup of coffee was brewed from them. Before long coffee had become a popular morning drink across northern Africa.
For seven hundred years “the wine of Arabia” remained largely an African secret. Then explorers brought coffee beans from Egypt to Venice. At first only wealthy Venetians could afford to try the new beverage. The heathen drink was also frowned upon by the church until Pope Clement VIII tasted his first cup of coffee and decided it would be a sin to deny it to the people. In around 1683 the first coffee house appeared on a Venetian street. Before long, cafés were springing up everywhere and coffee had become the favourite Italian breakfast drink.
Until the 19th century café patrons had to wait up to five minutes for their coffee to be brewed. When Angelo Moriondo invented a machine to speed up the process by forcing steam through tightly packed coffee grounds the queues became shorter and the coffee became stronger and more aromatic. The espresso, as we know it today, had been born and Italians have been enjoying it ever since. Now, thanks to Espressopedia, brewing the perfect cup of coffee is even simpler using compatible capsules containing the best Italian coffee, you can have the authentic taste of a Venetian café in your own home in next to no time. Whether you use Lavazza A Modo Mio, Nespresso, Nescafe Dolce Gusto, Caffitaly, Verismo, K-fee or Podpronto machines, or prefer the bean to cup method, there is an option of compatible Italian Coffee for you.
Mine’s a coffee…but what kind?? In Italy, everyone has their own idea as to what makes a perfect Italian Coffee – and there are plenty of varieties to choose from! Here we explain the differences between some of the popular choices in the Espressopedia range, to help you make your choice:
Espresso: The most popular amongst Italians – this is a creamy and flavoursome, strong short coffee.
Cremoso: A rich coffee with a creamy flavour – great for making a creamy cappuccino and latte.
Caffe Lungo: A long coffee with more water added to your usual espresso – and usually a stronger coffee too.
Cappuccino: A slightly longer espresso with the addition of frothed milk, served in a large cup, sometimes with a sprinkle of cocoa. It's usually enjoyed by the Italians at breakfast time with a delicious croissant on the side!
Caffe Ristretto: A concentrated, small espresso – very strong and ideal for a morning wake up kick!
Cortado: An espresso with a small amount of steamed milk.
Macchiato: Warm milk served in a tall glass with the addition of an espresso poured on top.
Decaffeinate: You guessed it, a coffee with the caffeine removed from it, which is usually enjoyed in the evening after dinner.
Caffe Al Ginseng: A coffee with milk, cream and ginseng extract, which can help to energise your body and ease digestion.
Mokaccino: A cappuccino blended with a little hot chocolate and cream.
Cioccolata or Chocolat: Creamy hot chocolate, made in an instant – perfect for a warming afternoon drink.
Caffe Nocciola: A smooth, hazelnut flavoured espresso.
Cicoria: A naturally caffeine-free drink based on the chicory root, which offers an aromatic alternative to coffee.
So many options to choose from, all of which are available in pods compatible with your Lavazza A Modo Mio, Nespresso, Caffitaly and Nescafe Dolce Gusto machines - which coffee will you try next?