Christmas in Italy is one big celebration from early December into January! The holidays are filled with celebrations, parades, music, food and a deep reverence for the religious aspects of the season.
In Italy, people wish each other “Buon Natale!” Christmas decorations are put up the day following the celebration of Mary’s Immaculate Conception, December 8th. Everyone displays a version of the Nativity scene, called the “Presepe.” In fact, Naples is the home to an extremely elaborate and detailed Nativity scene with more than six hundred decorations and figures. Another symbol of the season is the Poinsettia plant, displayed and sold everywhere.
A unique aspect of gift-giving in Italy is the arrival of La Befana, a kindly old witch. She rides a broomstick, dressed in patched clothing, but smiling as she delivers bags of gifts for the children by way of the chimney. Good children get candy; bad children get lumps of coal.
La Befana sweeps up after herself when she leaves too. She does this the night before Epiphany, the 12th day of Christmas, in early January. A large family meal is shared on Epiphany, which officially ends the Italian holiday season.
What is served at every holiday meal in Italy? You guessed it: Delicious Italian coffee! This week, we are offering 15% off our specialty Italian roasters including Bristot, Caffe Vergnano, Hausbrandt, illy, Miscela D’Oro, Pellini, and Sant Eustachio at www.EnjoyBetterCoffee.com.*
Please use coupon code: ITALY15
*Discount valid from 12/17/17 through 11:59PM ET on 12/19/17 for the following brands only: Bristot, Caffe Vergnano, Hausbrandt, Illy, Miscela D’Oro, Pellini & Sant Eustachio with 15% off no minimum at EnjoyBetterCoffee.com. Not valid with other coupons or discounts, special sale or case sale products.
Not sure which to try? Read more about each of these brands, and you’ll find just the right roasts for you. If you’re still looking for that perfect gift, there is nothing better than real Italian coffee!
Caffe Vergnano makes espresso along with drip coffee with 100% Arabica beans. We have a range of regular and decaffeinated espresso in ground and whole beans. If you know someone getting or using a Nespresso machine, then they must try any of our Nespresso-compatible capsules. We have Caffe Vergnano in five different roasts, including dark Intenso, sweet Arabica, spicy Cremoso, and Decaf. Those last 4 are now in compostable capsules.
Although the founder of Hausbrandt was Austrian, he opened a coffee roasting business in Trieste. A merchant marine, he is known for his innovation with transport and storage of coffee to keep it fresh. We have a wide selection of whole bean and ground coffee. Check out our sealable and reusable Hausbrandt specialty tins, each with a package of Nero Espresso inside, perfect for giving the gift of delicious Italian espresso.
illy began in Trieste, producing a coffee that is always rich, full-bodied with a velvety texture. We have medium (balanced and sweet) and dark espresso (intense) in ground and whole beans. We also have a medium ground Moka and Decaffeinated ground coffee suitable for any preparation. All blends come in illy’s signature metal tin.
Miscela D’Oro is committed to sourcing the best raw coffee beans, creating blends that are then carefully and specially roasted. The technique, blending the green beans before roasting, is considered non-traditional, but creates a full-bodied espresso with a rich, thick crema. We have a range of Miscela D’Oro espresso in ground, whole beans and the very popular capsules compatible with Nespresso coffee machines. Try any of the espresso range for an authentic espresso experience.
A family business, originally a company producing medicinal herbs, moved to roasting coffee in 1947 in Verona. Today, Pellini is known for high-quality, gourmet, Italian espresso. Pellini Top is their top of the line, made with 100% Arabica beans specially roasted to deliver a smooth, full-bodied espresso. We have a range of Pellini coffee, including ground and whole beans. Even better, we have 5 blends in Nespresso-compatible capsules.
Sant Eustachio is known for its wood roasting of coffee beans. Sant Eustachio offers Espresso ground coffee blends in addition to whole beans and Nespresso capsules options. The aroma will take you to a small café on an Italian piazza.
Bristot started as a small roaster in 1919, this company expertly chooses the best beans, roasting them in ways that best showcase their natural flavors. Try Bristot’s flagship product Tiziano Whole Beans for real Italian espresso, including notes of nut, fruit and chocolate with an excellent aftertaste. We have several roasts from Bristot, all perfect for drinking or gifting. Bristot espresso is a leader in the business and among espresso.
Another Great Gift Idea for Coffee Drinkers
One Last Italian Holiday Tradition
Saint Lucy’s day on December 13th celebrates light in the darkness, with the winter solstice coming. The festival is marked with fireworks or bonfires. In Naples, fires are lit at dawn along the beachfront leading to the church. In Sicily, people eat a traditional pudding made from boiled wheat kernels.
As always, enjoy better coffee and thanks from the EnjoyBetterCoffee Team!