Buy Italian Coffee for your espresso maker or espresso machine online at igourmet.com! Please visit our online store and go shopping at the number one imported food delivery service in the USA. Coffee was introduced to Italy in the 1500s from Egypt through the port of Venice. During the early years of Italian Coffee, this exclusive beverage was very expensive, and thus reserved for wealthy aristocrats. Initially, coffee in Italy was considered sinful due to its eastern roots and was deemed a threat to Christianity. Pope Clemente VII was urged to banish the drink, but upon tasting it he was instantly captivated by its flavor and aroma and soon declared Italian Coffee a Christian beverage.
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The first Italian café opened in Venice, Italy in the mid 1600s. Cafés soon spread throughout Italy to towns such as Milan, Rome, Florence, and Naples. By the mid 1700s there were over 200 cafés in Italy. Italian Coffee was often dubbed an "intellectual beverage", as coffee became synonymous with stimulating conversation in a relaxing and stylish atmosphere. Coffee was credited by some Italian physicians for its restorative properties and even considered a "cure-all" by some.
By the turn of the 20th century, Italian inventor Luigi Bezzera built the first espresso machine that forced water through packed ground coffee, creating a stronger beverage. This beverage is brewed much quicker than regular Italan Coffee, and accordingly, was named espresso, meaning "fast" in Italian. Today most every Italian family has some sort of espresso maker in the home. Italy has done much to advance the status of Italian Coffee worldwide, as cafés, espresso and its variants, and the Italian appreciation of coffee have all been passed from Italy to countries throughout the world.
Types of Italian Coffee
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Caffè (espresso) – a single shot of espresso served in a small cup
Caffè Americano – a watered down espresso served in a large cup that is considered stronger than American coffee but weaker than Italian coffee
Caffè Doppio—a double shot of espresso, served in a slightly larger cup than a regular espresso
Caffè Freddo – an espresso served cool or cold
Caffè Hag – decaffeinated coffee
Caffè Latte – hot milk with a shot of espresso served in a glass
Caffè Lungo – a watered down, weaker espresso made by allowing more water to pass through the ground coffee
Caffè Macchiato – espresso with a drop of steamed milk
Caffè Marocchino – espresso with steamed milk and a touch of cacao powder
Caffè Ristretto – a more concentrated yet less bitter shot of espresso
Cappuccino – espresso and steamed milk topped with foamed milk – consumed in Italy for breakfast
Granita di Caffè – an icy slushy espresso beverage topped with cream
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Italian Coffee Roasting
Electric City Coffee, based in Scranton, PA, imports and roasts the finest Arabica coffee beans. After passing through stage after stage of careful discrimination, Electric City selects coffee beans from the top percentage of the harvest, often traveling to buy directly from handpicked estates. Their Espresso Roast Coffee is slow roasted in small batches, illuminating all the coffee's best qualities. For your enjoyment, Electric City coffee is always roasted to order and delivered at absolute peak freshness.
Electric City believes strongly in supporting sustainable coffee production, both environmentally and socially. They proudly offer Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance and shade grown coffees.
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