If you want the best chocolate – you’ll go to Belgium; if you want an authentic wine and cheese experience – you will find it in France. But if you need intense and perfectly balanced Java beans for your coffee mug, then all roads lead to Rome.
But just because it is Italian made, doesn’t mean that it’s the real deal. If you want a strong kick and a velvety touch to your palate, tasting the generations-old tradition, then you better be picky about which brand you’ll sip in the morning.
Offering you the best of the best, here are the ultimate Italian coffee choices for you.
Lavazza has been a synonym for Italian coffee, ever since 1895. Richly flavored and packed with a recognizably pleasant aroma, this brand is one of the widely consumed coffee in the world. Their Super Crema Coffee bland also lives up to their high standard, which is why it sits on top of our list.
If you want a mild coffee, persistently sweet aroma, nutty flavor with hints of dried fruit, a touch of bitterness, and enriched with a velvety crema on top, you will not find a better suit for your taste than this.
Made from carefully selected nine types of Arabica beans from all over the world, Illy offers you a coffee-drinking experience like no other. And if you prefer your coffee mild, roasted to medium, with chocolatey and caramel notes, then you can understand why Illy Classico is our premium pick.
This perfectly refined roast is complex and consistent to give you the much-needed strong kick, but subtle enough to leave a lingering sweetness after each sip, craving for a refill.
Packed in a uniquely pressurized package for the most flavor and potent aroma, Illy provides freshness with each brew.
Our best value – Vergnano Espresso – is the definition for cappuccino coffee base, but just as delicious when consumed on its own, without a drop of milk or creamer.
Made from quality Arabica beans and slowly roasted to perfection following a traditional Italian recipe, this coffee provides a flavorful round cup that satisfies all tastes. Each brew is topped with a rich crema, and each sip leaves a sweet note that keeps you coming back for more. Pleasant taste and no bitter afternotes. Could your coffee mug ask for more?
Ground and packed in a protective package, Vergnano Espresso allows for a convenient coffee-making experience.
If you want to enjoy a high-class espresso shot in the comfort of your own home, then choosing Segafredo Casa will bring you a step closer. A prestigious Italian coffee brand that is widely enjoyed by coffee enthusiasts, Segafredo’s Casa blend is a combination of high-quality Arabica and Robusta beans that satisfies.
Perfectly roasted to medium-dark, this blend gives a strong kick that boosts and energizes, but the brew is surprisingly mild and leaves no unpleasant aftertaste. Without too sharp notes or very bitter touches, you will surely savor each of the Segafredo Casa sips.
But that’s not all. You can enjoy the same quality even without an espresso machine. Segafredo casa works well with Moka makers and filter machines as well.
If you are rooting for the Mild and Medium Coffee Team, then here is another Italian brand that you should enjoy. Medium-bodied coffee without a strong caffeine content, the Kimbo Espresso will bring you the flavors of South Italy to your mug.
As the name suggests, the coffee is rich and velvety creamy. Every sip will provide a smooth, delicious, and slightly sweet taste to your palate, making you take pleasure in your morning brews. A medium roast of half Arabica, half Robusta beans for ultimate satisfaction.
Best suited for fine espressos, macchiatos, and cappuccinos!
Lavazza Classico is a perfect mixture of South American and African beans. The rich flavor and medium blend provided energizes and satisfies with precision.
Packed with an intense aroma of dried fruits that dessert lovers will find appealing, this blend delivers an ultimate taste in a ground bean package. Full-bodied and slowly roasted to medium, Lavazza Classico is equally delicious if brewed in a French Press, a fancy coffee maker, or simply poured over.
The slight sweetness that this blend is packed with will help those sugar addicts ditch the sweetener and start enjoying their coffee black.
Qualita Oro is a golden Arabica blend of some of the best beans from the African highlands and Central America. If you appreciate a sweet and highly aromatic coffee flavor, then Lavazza Oro is the perfect match for you. With an intensity of five out of ten, Oro provides a medium-strong and deep taste, smooth and without sharp afternotes.
The rich and creamy body of this blend leaves no one indifferent. And thanks to the intense fruitiness that hides behind the caffeine kick, Lavazza Oro provides one of the most captivating brews ever.
It is best prepared in an espresso machine or a Moka pot.
Craving for an authentic Italian feel but too sad to ditch your daily trip to Starbucks? Then how about combining them both and enjoying a deeply-satisfying instant brew in your home?
VIA Instant Roast from Starbucks will provide your mug with some of the best Arabica beans in a jiffy. Tear the pack, pour hot water over, stir for a couple of seconds, and enjoy! Divided into single-served packages for convenience, this VIA Instant coffee will become your mornings’ new best friend.
Starbucks and dark Italian roast join forces in this blend, offering you the finest cup of deliciously balanced flavor, aroma, body, and acidity.
If you are more of a Robusta fan and you happen to enjoy a strong chocolaty note in your brew, then this Crema e Gusto is like crafted to meet your taste preferences.
70% Robusta and 30% Arabica beans combine in this blend, providing a full-bodied flavor, chocolaty taste, and rich boosting aroma.
The velvety crema is a delightful cherry on top that wraps the taste together, leaving a gentle and silky afternote that is highly enjoyable. Bold and dark, but surprisingly subtle!
Perfect for French Press and Drip makers!
Central Africa, India, and Brazil all provide a distinctive and delicious touch to this blend, enhancing the flavor and creating a unique experience. With carefully selected Arabica and Robusta beans, this blend is packed with a range of distinguishing notes.
The final result is a dark, smoky, chocolatey, and malty brew that every experienced coffee drinker will enjoy.
Hand roasted in small batches in Lake Garda in Italy, Aromistico is proud to offer a gourmet and rich blend that will bring the Napolitan spirit to your kitchen.
Also, the coffee is rich in antioxidants, so feel free to indulge in refills without a shred of guilt!
With the help of the finest beans from the best regions, Peet’s Coffee has created a roast that is dark, full-bodied, deep in flavor and intense aroma, and with a strong kick that lifts after the first sip.
The smooth smokiness that this roast provides lingers on your tongue, so if you are a coffee-drinking newbie, you better try a lighter blend instead. The avid consumers, on the other hand, will deeply appreciate the complexity.
Fresh, rich, and crafted to satisfy, this dark Italian roast works well with most coffee makers.
If freshness is what you’re after, then this blend over-delivers. Roasted in small batches and packaged and shipped immediately after, you will find consistent quality in every bag.
The roast is dark, so it is bold and stronger as expected, but what’s surprising is just how smooth and light on the tongue it is. No bitterness, no intensely sharp kicks, and absolutely no unpleasant afternotes.
The balanced acidity allows for slow and pleasant sips, and the cinnamon/cocoa aroma combo is what makes it even more appealing.
If you are new to the Italian coffee world, you may be confused by the terms Italian Roast and Italian Coffee. Although they both represent, undoubtedly, a premium coffee choice, they have a different meaning.
Italian coffee is a type of coffee that originates from Italy. That does not mean that the coffee is grown there, but that it is processed, roasted, and packaged in Italy, following a traditional Italian recipe.
Italian roast is the name for a degree of coffee roast, and it represents a dark roast that happens just after the second crack when the beans obtain a dark brown color, and they turn shiny.
What your brew tastes like is mostly determined by the roasting degree of the coffee beans. The best (and easiest!) way to describe the type of roast is by the colors that the coffee obtains during the roasting process. The longer they are exposed to heat, the darker they become, and their flavor and aroma intensify.
Light Roasts – The light roast happens when the beans crack at about 205 degrees F. These roasts are light in color, the surface is not oily, and they retain most of the caffeine content.
Medium Roasts – Medium brown and still without oil on the surface, medium roasts do not have a grainy taste but are packed with a more balanced aroma and flavor. These roasts happen after the first crack, but before the second, at a temperature of around 210-220 degrees F.
Medium-Dark Roasts – Darker and slightly oily, medium-dark roasts happen at the beginning of the second crack, at 225-230 degrees F. The coffee is heavier, stronger, with a spicy flavor.
Dark Roasts – Dark and chocolate-like in color, with oil on the surface of the beans, dark roasts taste smoky and bitter. The roast happens at the end of the second crack at 240 degrees F. Dark roasts have reduced caffeine content.
Italian and French roasts are both dark roasts, so, yes, they are most likely of equal strength. Both roasts obtain a pretty dark color, so the only thing that differentiates them is the oily content that appears on top of the beans at the end.
The French roast is dark and oily and has that roasted aroma that dark roasts are rich in. The Italian roast, on the other hand, appears to be a little bit shinier (which means more oil on the surface) and is the go-to coffee choice in Italy.
The question is a little bit confusing since they are both – well – coffee. Espresso and drip coffee are not made from different coffee beans – but order a cup of each, and you will find that they are nothing alike.
The main difference between an Espresso coffee and your regular black coffee lies in the way in which they are prepared. For starters, the beans for espresso are roasted longer than those meant for your typical coffee maker.
They are then ground more finely for the espresso machine – until they obtain a sand-like texture. But since this coffee can also be prepared in your drip maker, it gets even more confusing. So, where’s the catch?
The main difference is in the machine used for brewing. Espresso machines force hot water through the grounds of coffee that are tightly packed. That results in a strong black coffee in two layers – a shot of black coffee and a foam on top.
Black coffee, regardless of the maker used, results in a mild flavor and aroma and has no crema on top.
When we say Italian coffee, we mean espresso. Every non-filter coffee is made with this coffee as a base. In 1901, the first espresso machine prototype was made, and only four years later, Pavoni had purchased its patent. And that’s when the espresso revolution started.
Although the term “espresso” first appeared in 1920, the coffee has been around since the late 19th century. Of course, the coffee-drinking experience then was nothing like the one we know today. The Italian coffee culture we are familiar with now was actually born in the 40s.
But here we are, 80 years later, still praising these Italian coffee brands, thanking globalization for allowing us a taste of their rich heritage, letting the world enjoy the best coffee culture in the world.