Heritage Days In The Netherlands Celebrate Culture and History

Douwe Egberts has been based in the Netherlands for more than 265 years.

While there are always cultural and social happenings in The Netherlands, September brings the celebration of Heritage Days (Open Monumentendag, as the Dutch say). Since 1987, this annual event has always been held over the second weekend of September, where some 5000 historical buildings and sites open their doors to the public, usually free of charge. The event is part of the larger European Heritage Days, which aims to make European culture and heritage more accessible.

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In the Netherlands, more than 80 percent of Dutch citizens participate. This year, organizers expect a million people to take part in the 1000+ events across the country. Local groups in each city and village host related exhibitions, music and tours. Each location offers unique aspects of historical culture. For instance, The Hague reflects the political center of the country; Maastricht shows off its medieval churches; Amsterdam has canal houses; Leiden’s theatres shine, and Gouda has a magnificent city hall. So many sites, so little time.


You can celebrate Dutch Heritage too with Douwe Egberts coffee. When you order Douwe Egberts products at EnjoyBetterCoffee.com, you will get 15% off, no minimum required.*

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*Discount valid from 9/15/19 through 11:59PM ET on 9/17/19 at EnjoyBetterCoffee.com with no minimum purchase required for Douwe Egberts products. Not valid with other coupons or discounts, special sale or case sale products. Questions? Call 800.582.6617 Mon-Fri 9AM-5PM ET.

Douwe Egberts Roasts Offer Range of Tastes

Ground Coffee

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Douwe Egberts Aroma Rood, packaged in their signature red colors, is smooth, full, and balanced. Go lighter with Douwe Egberts Select Aroma ground coffee, a smooth coffee with fruity notes. Medium roast Douwe Egberts Excellent Aroma is full-bodied and smooth. Douwe Egberts Black in ground is strong and rich, and one of the most popular Douwe Egberts coffees. Mocca Aroma coffee, a medium to dark roast, is spicy and rich.

Whole Beans

DE-WB-Variety-Advert-NLWe have Douwe Egberts whole beans in a variety of roasts, including Aroma Rood (the most popular roast), Excellent Aroma and Mocca Aroma. All our Douwe Egberts whole beans are packaged in 17.6oz/500g size packs at prices that can’t be beat! If you can’t decide among those choices, try the Whole Beans Variety Package, which has all 3 roasts, plus a coffee scoop. Whole beans make a difference!

PS: When you make your coffee by starting with whole beans, you get a cup of coffee with the freshest taste and a wonderful aroma.

Treat The Beans With Care

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The biggest threats to the taste and freshness of coffee beans are air, moisture and time. In a perfect world, coffee would be ground, brewed and drunk immediately. When you buy fresh beans, you should try to use them within 2 weeks. Store them in the bag in which they come, grind them as you need them. Seal the bag with tape or a strong clip after forcing out as much air as possible. You can also store them in an air-tight canister, but make sure the container does not allow light to get in. We do not recommend storing beans (or ground coffee, for that matter) in the freezer or refrigerator. When the coffee is moved in and out of the cold, condensation forms on the coffee. That moisture will then refreeze and thaw each and every time you move it from the cold to the ambient room temperature. This will quickly deplete the flavorful oils of the coffee, making your coffee taste flat. Life’s too short for bad coffee.


The Netherlands In The News

Budweiser Now Available in Netherlands

budThe American “King of Beers” is taking the show on the road to become available in pubs and restaurants in the country. Very soon, the beer will also be available in grocery stores. Economists predict an uphill battle for the beer brand, as it is not a well-known brand. In addition, the current market trend in the country is towards specialty, artisanal and local beers.

Advice: Repair Your Coffee Machine, Don’t Replace It

Launching last week, an ad campaign is running in the Netherlands to encourage people to repair broken household good and torn clothing. The promotional campaign, running on television, the internet and radio, is the work of an industry foundation that produces ads that encourage societal improvements. The foundation estimates that people throw away 40 pounds of electric equipment every year. Their website will have tips about repairing common items and offer advice on the mending.


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Italian Espresso and More Reasons To Love Coffee

If French is the language of love, then Italian is the language of coffee! The reason? Espresso, born in Italy, is the basis of all Italian-named coffee drinks. From cappuccino to macchiato to latte, they all start with espresso! Let’s take a look at this key component of Italian coffee.
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Espresso is a very concentrated shot of coffee that results from forcing nearly-boiling water through finely ground coffee. Early espresso machines used steam pressure to force the water through the grounds. Today there are many different methods of extracting espresso, from manual and automatic machines to stovetop espresso makers.

esp-dripAs the water blasts through the coffee, all the flavor, oils, sugars and proteins are released and dissolved in the liquid. The resulting mixture, while small in volume, is slightly thick, with a very strong, rich flavor. Gently resting on top is the crema (foam), which many experts say indicates the quality of the espresso. Traditionally, espresso is served in a small, porcelain cup, alone or with any number of add-ins and toppings: cream, liquor, warm milk, chocolate – the list is long, just pick your favorite. The extracted shot can also be used in many other coffee drinks, as mentioned above.

We have a huge selection of espresso beans, ground espresso and even decaffeinated espresso. And, we have these Italian coffees in roasts that can prepared in a regular coffee maker. The options are endless! Even better, our prices make it easy to espresso yourself!


This week, order from our selection of coffees from specialty brands Kimbo, Lavazza and Hausbrandt and we will give you 15% off your order, no minimum purchase required at EnjoyBetterCoffee.com.*

Please Use Coupon Code: ITALY15

Discount valid from 09/08/19 through 11:59PM ET on 09/10/19 at EnjoyBetterCoffee.com with no minimum order required for the following brands only: Lavazza, Kimbo, and Hausbrandt. Not valid with other coupons or discounts, special sale or case sale products. Questions? Call us at 800.582.6617 Mon-Fri 9AM-5PM ET.

Italian Espresso

esp-socialize-wpEspresso became popular in the first half of the 20th century in Italy with the development of machines specially built to make coffee. Espresso bars became a place to meet and socialize.


Kimbo

Kimbo-Vesuvius-Small-Advert-CropOur range of premium espresso options include one of our favorite brands, Kimbo, based in Naples since its inception. Try Kimbo Macinato Fresco, a medium roast, full flavored, with sweet notes. Kimbo produces several roasts in whole bean: Premium Espresso Bar (dark, intense); Extra Cream Espresso (medium roast, full flavor); Superior Blend (light roast, medium body, sweet notes); and, Espresso Napoletano (medium/dark roast, rich).


Lavazza

LV-Wimbeldon-bLegendary Italian brand, Lavazza, is “The coffee of Wimbledon.” Lavazza early on started artistically blending beans of different origins to create new coffee flavors. Try any of our Lavazza range, starting with these two favorites: Qualita Rossa, available in ground and whole bean, is a blend of Robusta and Arabica beans, medium roast, good for any time. Qualita Oro, made from 100% Arabica beans, is full-bodied, with a good crema, and available in ground and whole beans. See all our Lavazza products on their brand’s page.


Hausbrandt

Hausbrandt-Beans-NLTrieste, the Italian port city where coffee first made its way into Europe, is home to Caffe Hausbrandt. We recommend any of their beans: Classic Espresso, which is 100% Arabica with a medium body; Gourmet is spicy, with citrus and slightly sweet notes; Gourmet Columbus is one of Hausbrandt’s premium blends, with a delicate and balanced flavor. Trieste Espresso is full-bodied, with a toasty aroma, and notes of baked goods, cocoa and anise. H. Hausbrandt whole beans, a little sweet, and a little spicy, medium roast, with nut and cocoa notes. Check out the Hausbrandt page for additional available roasts.


Recipe: Espresso Martini

If you have never had an espresso martini, you don’t know what you are missing! Here is the classic recipe created when a model came into a London brasserie and asked for a stiff drink that would wake her up.

coffee-martini-2019• 2 parts vodka
• 1 part Kahlua (coffee liqueur)
• 1 part fresh espresso
• ½ part simple syrup (or to taste)
• 3 coffee beans to garnish

1. Mix all the ingredients except the beans in a shaker full of ice and shake hard for 30 seconds.

2. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with the beans centered on the froth.


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Labor Day Savings Are Here!

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Take a break this Labor Day weekend and enjoy 15% off your order of $30 or more today through Tuesday at EnjoyBetterCoffee.com.*

Please Use Coupon Code: SAVE15P

*Discount valid from 9/01/19 through 11:59PM ET on 9/03/19 at EnjoyBetterCoffee.com with orders of $30 or more before shipping cost. Offer not redeemable for cash. Not valid with other coupons or discounts, special sale or case sale products. Questions? Call us at 800.582.6617 Mon-Fri 9AM-5PM ET.

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Explore The Brands of Tchibo

This week, we are highlighting 3 of our premium German brands: Tchibo, Davidoff, and Eduscho. Let’s look at how these brands grew into the icons of coffee they are today.

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Tchibo is German coffee producer that started selling coffee via mail orders more than 60 years ago. The name Tchibo comes from the word ‘Tchiling’ (the name of a founding partner) and the German word for ‘bean’ (bohne). Thanks to its popularity, Tchibo opened a store next door to their roasting plant to sell coffee directly to customers. Their coffee was sold in new see-through containers and customers were given samples of brewed coffee to allow patrons to choose their favorites. Within a few years, there were more than 70 shops in Germany with a new one opening almost every week. Over the next 30 years, Tchibo opened roasting plants and coffee shops in Britain, Poland, Hungary and Russia. Today, Tchibo has one of the largest chains of coffee cafés with over 1000 retail locations worldwide.

Davidoff-espresso-advertZino Davidoff (1906-1994) lived his life with the belief that a taste for quality was a taste for life. Coffee was one of his greatest passions, starting each day with an espresso or two. The spirit of Zino lives on in the company as a source of inspiration and as a mandate for the business. Because only the finest quality will do, you can be sure that Davidoff coffee is as close to perfection as Zino would want.

Eduard Schopf began the family business, Eduscho coffee, in 1924 in Germany with a direct focus on fresh coffee, from the beans to the preparation. Because mail was the quickest way to reach a lot of customers, Eduscho began as one of the earliest mail order business. Eventually the business had stores in all major German cities and in bakeries, and the brand hurtled into a national presence. Around the turn of this century, Eduscho was acquired by Tchibo and expanded into Europe – Slovakia, Poland, Austria and Britain.


We love all these brands. You will too! We’ll give you 15% off your order of Tchibo, Eduscho, and Davidoff with no minimum purchase required.*

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*Discount valid from 8/25/19 through 11:59PM ET on 8/27/19 at EnjoyBetterCoffee.com with 15% off with no minimum order required on Tchibo, Eduscho, and Davidoff coffees. Offer not redeemable for cash. Not valid with other coupons or discounts, special sale or case sale products. Questions? Call us at 800.582.6617 Mon-Fri 9AM-5PM ET.

Find Your Favorite!

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“A New Experience”

2015_Tchibo LogoLet’s start with 2 new special roasts from Tchibo. Guatemala Grande, delicate with notes of chocolate, is one of the two Privat Kaffee roasts we now have. Brazil Mild is aromatic, smooth with hazelnut notes. We have both in ground.

Tchibo Feine Milde Ground coffee is a naturally mild coffee made from Arabica beans grown in different geographical areas. The perfect blend makes the coffee mild and soft with a delicious flavor. If you prefer a coffee with a stronger flavor, try Beste Bohne. It has a sweetness with good body making it perfect to drink every time. We also have Tchibo Espresso Milano Style and Sicilia Style, both in whole beans and both with a velvety crema.


“Good Coffee Has To Be Fresh”

2015_Eduscho logoWe have two of Eduscho’s top sellers: Gala Nr 1 ground and Gala Mild ground coffee both make great every day coffee. Try them for a real European coffee experience.


“Live Every Moment”

Davidoff-Cafe-Logo-NL-BlockTry Davidoff Café Rich Aroma ground coffee for an intense, full-bodied experience. Davidoff Café Fine Aroma ground coffee is mild with a delicate aroma and a soft texture. Davidoff Espresso 57, intense with a soft finish, is available in ground and whole beans. Check out Crème Whole beans, a fine coffee with a classic crema.

For Nespresso drinkers, we have capsules from Davidoff. Café Elegance is a mild roast espresso, rated 4/6 in intensity. Davidoff Café Style is a longer-roasted blend with a distinct aroma, rated 3/6 in intensity. We also have a variety package with these 2 roasts, plus Prestige, a blend of Arabica and Robusta beans roasted longer to develop the character, rated 5/6 in intensity. With the deal above, we’re practically giving these away!


Germany In The News

Germany Celebrates Fall of Wall 30th Anniversary

berlin-wallA week-long city-wide festival in Berlin this November will commemorate when the Berlin Wall was taken down. At sites across the city, installations will tell the story of how it happened, with images, films, and sound. The event has been coordinated with museums, memorial sites, educational and artists groups, with different elements of the story told at each stop. At one stop, Berliners who were separated because of the wall tell their stories; at another stop, a gallery, experience an artistic takeover of the Wall. On November 9th, the date the Wall fell, stages across the city will showcase renowned artists connected to the events that year, and those whose work represents freedom. More than 100 events are planned, including discussion panels, guided tours, readings, theatre productions, and poetry slams. A free app for your cell or tablet has been developed that will use augmented reality technology at the wall location for those who want to see what the wall looked like at the time on their device.


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Dallmayr’s Expertise Is Still A Family Tradition

Munich has been home to Dallmayr Coffee since the early 18th century. Originally founded by a local merchant, Alois Dallmayr bought the enterprise around 1870. A few decades later, the original store location had grown into one of the leading delicatessens in Europe. The company headquarters is in the old part of Munich, with descendants of Dallmayr still working and holding shares in the company.

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Munich has been home to Dallmayr Coffee since the early 18th century. Originally founded by a local merchant, Alois Dallmayr bought the enterprise around 1870. A few decades later, the original store location had grown into one of the leading delicatessens in Europe. The company headquarters is in the old part of Munich, with descendants of Alois still working and holding shares in the company.
Because Munich is such a special place, especially in the history of coffee in Germany, we thought the newly-opened exhibition at the Deutsches Museum was worth a look.

Kosmos-Kaffee-BannerThe museum is an interactive science and technology space, so the new “Kosmos Kaffee” (Cosmos Coffee) exhibit opening last month takes a look at the biology, the chemistry, and the social sciences of coffee. Some might say the universe of coffee.

You can take a walk through the history of espresso machines, which will remind you of space-age design with all the chrome and knobs. They even offer an app for your phone where you can grow a coffee plant to harvest, and see how many cups of coffee your plant will make. (It’s an app; what can we say?)

An Italian manufacturer of professional espresso and cappuccino equipment which happens to own the largest collection of equipment dedicated to coffee culture, tech and design, has loaned some of their collection to the exhibit. Highlights of the collection include a horizontal espresso machine from the 1940s; a “horned” behemoth that looks more like a motorcycle engine, and a shiny model from the ‘60s, iconic and revolutionary for its extraction technology.


Dallmayr and Munich will always be connected in special ways. Our special this week is for Dallmayr coffee, so we’ll give you 15% off your order of Dallmayr products from our site.*

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*Discount valid from 8/11/19 through 11:59PM ET on 8/13/19 at EnjoyBetterCoffee.com on Dallmayr products with no minimum purchase required. Offer not redeemable for cash. Not valid with other coupons or discounts, special sale or case sale products. Questions? Call us at 800.582.6617 Mon-Fri 9AM-5PM ET.

Dallmayr Quality is The Dallmayr Tradition

If you enjoy a smooth coffee, then you must have tried Dallmayr Prodomo, their most popular product. The coffee is smooth from the first sip to the finish, and we have whole beans, ground, plus a decaf roast and a mild roast, both in ground.

For a truly velvety coffee, Dallmayr Crema D’Oro is balanced, smooth, with spicy aroma notes. The 100% Arabica beans are gently roasted, making a delicious espresso, or to be used as a base for lattes and cappuccinos.

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Dallmayr also has capsules for the Nespresso machine. We have a range of 9 roasts in our Capsa line:

Artigiano capsules are 7 out of 10 on the intensity scale. This complex roast has subtle notes of fruit and nut.

Barista capsules have an intensity of 8 with cocoa notes, dense crema and a smooth mouth feel.

Ristretto capsules are 10 on the intensity scale, so expect full and intense flavors, including fruit and spice along with sweet notes. Perfect for making a short-shot (ristretto).

Try Lungo Belluno, with an intensity of 5, to enjoy a soft, balanced Arabica. Notes of vanilla, floral and nuts make this a special drink. Try Lungo Azzuro, intensity 8, if you are looking for something a little stronger.

We also have Crema d’Oro (light, mild and balanced); Lungo Ethiopia (medium); Decaffeinato (medium/dark), and their Prodomo. All of these capsules are available, along with our entire Dallmayr line, for the discount offered above. If you have a Nespresso machine, do not miss this deal!


Coffee In The News

Researchers Find Bamboo Reusable Coffee Cups May Carry Risks

We have previously written about Germany (and other European countries) that are actively working to support sustainable business process by supplying reusable coffee cups to replace the standard paper to-go cups. There are a variety of systems in which the cups are purchased – or would that be rented? – filled with coffee, and then returned back to the café at another time. There they are washed and sterilized. A German consumer research foundation studying the impact of bamboo cups tested them with hot coffee, and found that the temperature at which coffee is drunk causes resin from the cup to leach into the liquid. The group published their findings last month, but encouraged people to use other types of reusable cups made from other materials.


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Beat The Heat With a Unique Coffee Treat!

Writer Jane Austen wrote to her sister in late summer 1796:

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While it is hot in some parts of the USA, Europe has been experiencing record-setting heat for two months now. In June, a city in France endured an all-time high of 115⁰F, while several other countries, including Austria, Luxembourg, and Germany, logged new high temperatures too, making June the hottest on record. July was much of the same – forest fires, buckled train tracks, air quality warnings, and drought-like conditions. Late in July, several countries issued “red alerts” as the temperatures increased. Britain logged 101⁰F in Cambridge; the Netherlands had 104⁰F in the south, breaking a record more than 50 years standing. Germany hit a record with 106⁰F in the western region of the country. Many homes and businesses do not have air conditioning, and with water-usage restrictions and dry fields, it seems most Europeans are just trying to stay cool.

iced-coffee-short-blue-and-white-strawsWhile there is not much that can be done about the temperatures, there are plenty of things that someone can do to beat the heat – including our favorite, iced coffee! Summer is perfect for this treat. We have a recipe with some suggestions on the newest trends in iced coffee below, but in the meantime, we are offering a sweet deal on our coffee and products.

Get 10% off your order of $30 when you use the coupon code: COFFEE10

*Discount valid from 8/4/19 through 11:59PM ET on 8/6/19 at EnjoyBetterCoffee.com with orders of $30 or more before shipping cost. Offer not redeemable for cash. Not valid with other coupons or discounts, special sale or case sale products. Questions? Mon-Fri 9AM-5PM ET at 800.582.6617.

Hit Me With Your Best Espresso Shot

iced-espressoEspresso is a great way to start when making an iced coffee. We offer some of the best European espresso, ground and in whole beans. We have many great Italian brands: Lavazza, Sant Eustachio, Caffe Vergnano, illy, Segafredo, Kimbo, to name a few; we also have delicious German brands such as Caffe Hausbrandt, Dallmayr, and Tchibo. All of these brands are known for strong, flavorful, classic espresso, and all of them would make a hot or cold drink that satisfies.

We also have a wide range of capsules for the Nespresso machine, and four roasts for the Segafredo Espresso machine.

You can always use instant coffee for iced coffee too – that makes it super-convenient and quick! We offer instant coffee, extremely popular in Europe, from several brands, including Davidoff, Nescafe, Tchibo, Jacobs, and Douwe Egberts, and in several roasts, with something for absolutely everyone. You can search coffee on our site by brand or by type.


Coffee In The News

Coffee Trends This Summer

Summer is the season of iced coffee, and this season’s big trend, again, is cold-brew coffee. Those who love it say cold-brew is particularly smooth because the cold water slowly extracts the coffee from the beans. (Cold-brew is easy to make, and of course you
can use any of our coffees. See below.)

iced-coffee-summer-trendsBut this summer, look for unique styles of the brew, new and surprising flavors, and techniques that kick-up your coffee drink a notch. Here are a few:

–Floral flavors such as rose, violet, and elderflower
–Summer herbs, added to simple syrup, such as mint, basil, and rosemary
–Using different varieties and blends of coffees
–Infusing the cold-brew with surprising flavors such as juniper and agave; cocoa; pepper; vanilla bean, and vodka

How To Make Cold-Brew Coffee

cold-brew1. Use high-quality beans (we have plenty from which to choose). Grind the beans semi-coarse.

2. Stir ¾ cup grounds with 4 cups of water, and put in the fridge for 6-18 hours to make a concentrate.

3. Strain in a sieve lined with a coffee filter. For concentrate, use one-part concentrate with two-parts water to start. You can adjust the proportions of water and grounds depending on how you prefer your coffee. Enjoy!


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Italian Coffee Awakens the Senses

Espresso is to Italy what champagne is to France.

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This week, for a few days, we have a deal on some of the finest coffee brands in Italy:

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All of these companies are top-sellers in Italy, where coffee is an important part of daily life. We’ll give you 15% off your order of these brands, with no minimum order required at EnjoyBetterCoffee.com.*

Please Use Coupon Code: ITALY15

*Discount valid from 7/28/19 through 11:59PM ET on 7/30/19 at EnjoyBetterCoffee.com with no minimum order required for the following brands only: Lavazza, Kimbo, and Segafredo. Not valid with other coupons or discounts, special sale or case sale products. Questions? Call us at 800.582.6617 Mon-Fri 9AM-5PM ET.

Kimbo – It’s not just from Italy, it’s from Naples

Kimbo-Vesuvius-Small-Advert-CropBased in Naples, in the south of Italy, Kimbo has produced premium coffee for more than 50 years. We have a wide range of coffee, including several signature espresso-ready roasts, available in ground, whole beans, and capsules. Our current favorites include Kimbo Antica Tradizione in ground, which is the original rich and flavorful Kimbo blend; Kimbo Espresso Napoletano in ground is roasted and prepared using the Neapolitan tradition; and Kimbo Premium Espresso Bar in whole beans, which creates an intense espresso drink. We also have three roasts in capsules for the Nespresso machine, from the lighter Armonia, to the medium, balanced Napoli, to the full-flavor Intenso.


Lavazza – It’s how you say coffee in Italian

Lavazza-cup-beansBased in Turin, in the northwestern part of the country, Lavazza has been blending and creating the highest-quality Italian espresso for more than 120 years. Our range of Lavazza coffee includes espresso and filter coffee in ground, many options in whole beans, and one roast in capsules for the Nespresso machine. Our most popular roasts include the medium roast Qualita Oro in ground, in a can for easy storage; Café Espresso in ground and in decaffeinated, perfect for every day; a range of ground coffee that can meet every taste; and, Qualita Rossa in whole beans, for a full-body brew.


Segafredo – A coffee for friends

Segafredo-advert-espressoHeadquartered in Villorba, just north of Venice, in the northeast of the country, Segafredo is the flagship product of Massimo Zanetti Beverage Group. The brand is known as the leading producer of espresso in the country. We have a range of coffee from Segafredo, including fine examples of true Italian espresso, including in espresso capsules for the Segafredo machine. We are enjoying Segafredo Casa, available in ground and whole bean, a traditional espresso, intense, spicy and full-bodied. If you have a Moka maker, try Segafredo Emozioni, a special, smooth blend, available in ground.


Italian Coffee In The News

Italian Military Exercises Serve Up Strategy and Espresso

ITL-Soldiers-EspressoThe Italian Army’s paratrooper brigade has been taking part in “Swift Response” exercises in eastern Europe this summer, being dropped into the field, then searching for and capturing “the enemy.” One of the most important pieces of equipment they carry is the portable espresso machine, because, well, they love espresso. In their foxholes, the Italians brew espresso, and the other combatants have noticed. An American adviser taking part in the exercises noted that the Italian paratroopers are battle-ready, even when gripping a tiny cup of coffee. In a recent night battle, the paratroopers successfully held their position through a mock challenge. You can be sure they celebrated the win with an espresso.


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