As the summer temperatures hover in the 90s in Rome, the idea of a hot coffee (no matter how tiny those espressi may be) starts to feel less and less appealing. Despite the weather, it is typically hard to find large cups of iced coffee, with the cubes piled high. There are, however, local varieties of cold coffee if you want a refreshing drink dur...

There's no dessert that's simpler to prepare than the gelato affogato. In essence – it's simply the gelato or ice cream flavor of your choice affogato (drowned) in a liquid. Chocolate sauce is a nice choice, but espresso or coffee is the most traditional way to go. Here are some tips to prepare one to perfection at home. The gelato or ice cream can...

Everyone knows: we Italians love espresso coffee! When the summer heat comes, there is nothing more satisfying than a good iced coffee. Here are some tips for a delicious "caffè freddo". Cold espresso, perfect for summer  Giuseppe Verdi, one of the most prominent and beloved Italian composers, best known for his operas, once said, "Coffee is the ba...

Coffee has been woven into the Italian culture dating back to the 17th century when the first “coffee bar” was established in Venice. Italian coffee culture is special, a culmination of traditions, customs, and history. Though different regions in Italy, coffee bars have their own slight variations on coffee making and bar culture, the fundamentals...

There are over 3,000 coffee shops in New York City. If you walk down any street, find yourself in a shopping mall, or venture into a corner bodega, you'll find another place to buy that perfect cup of java. That doesn't even take into account supermarkets or the internet! There are countless beans and blends. If there's such an abundance of choices...

“Posso prendere un caffé macchiato?” (“Can I have a macchiato?”), I said in a voice a decimal louder than my usual volume. I was standing at an angle in order to squeeze between two suit-clad men and a group of students at the bar. I was on my tiptoes and had raised my hand to get the barista’s attention. I connected eyes with the barista who would...

It can be enveloping and warm like a hug, but it can also be strong and pungent. If not prepared properly, it tastes almost burnt. With a drop of milk it softens, but with sugar it transforms. Every cup is a journey: its bean comes from far away, but has found its favorite home in the boot of the Mediterranean. Coffee. Long, short, double. Ceramic...

Illy is the most loved Italian brand in the world, according to Talkwalker's annual survey. The brand comes second in the Love Brands 2022 global ranking and third in the Italian one. It is the best result ever for a brand made in Italy. The other Italians in the global Top 50 are Dolce & Gabbana, in 23rd position, Missoni (32nd) and Alfa Romeo (36...

Affogato al Caffè is a coffee-based dessert combining two Italian classics: gelato and espresso. Its preparation could not be easier: simply place a scoop (or two) of vanilla-flavoured gelato into a glass before "drowning" it with a shot of hot espresso. This results in a slow-melting creamy treat that can be enjoyed at any time of the day, particu...

Google is celebrating the 171st birth anniversary of Angelo Moriondo, who is widely considered as the inventor of espresso machines with a unique Google Doodle. Angelo Moriondo was born on June 6, 1851 in Turin, Italy to a family of entrepreneurs who never stopped brewing new ideas or projects. His grandfather founded a liquor production company t...