With terms like cappuccino and espresso on virtually every café menu in the world, it’s probably no surprise that Italy is the home of coffee culture as we know it today. With the first Starbucks opening on the soil only this year, Italians have enjoyed the traditional ways of coffee houses that have remained largely the same for decades. Today much of them still operate in the same manner, their coffee remains simple and unmarred by the American tradition of adding a shot to a bucket of sugared milk. Italians largely enjoy espressos, hot, quick (and here they drink it standing up and leave in a blink) and a method that allows one to enjoy the true flavour of he freshly ground beans. Those planning to visit will be dying to try this authentic coffee for themselves, luckily you won’t struggle to find a location. Cafes (or bars as they are called in Italy) can be found almost everywhere, all with expert baristas and their own choice of beans and blends. But if you want to sample some of the greatest hot drinks the nation has to offer make your way to the following places.
Venice isn’t just home to placid waters and gondola rides, here at Torrefazione Cannaregio years of refined coffee mastery takes centre stage. For over 80 years this artisan coffee roasting company has been redefining good coffee over and over with their delicious blend selection. With something for everyone here they have a 100% Robusta blend which creates a powerfully punching coffee with a big caffeine hit, they also source from Guatemala and Columbia for flavours that range from tropically sharp to chocolaty smooth respectively. Also on their list is the blue mountain blend, this Café Monorgine beans are grown at exceptional altitudes, some even reaching 2000 meters high. The special care and attention these exalted beans require, coupled with the nutritionally dense volcanic soils they are rooted in means that they give a distinctly light and sweet taste with cocoa notes. Their signature coffee here though is their trademarked Café Remer. Made with the remarkable Arabica bean, which is known for its smooth and much sweeter flavour, this mix contains not one but eight different varieties all packed into a single blend. This colossal mixture of the worlds favourite beans delivers a silky textured cup with an unforgettable aroma. What’s also great about the Remer is that thanks to the choice of Arabica, each cup comes with a considerably lower caffeine content which means that those who fall in love with its flavour can come back for more without worrying about getting the coffee jitters. Guests will love working their way through he variations of coffee here as well as taking in the traditionally Italian surround. Cups of coffee here can also be enjoyed alongside some of their sweet treats. Some fine and bite size pastries that actually are mixed with some of their octo-blend coffee, or even some dark chocolate coated coffee beans.