The History of
Italian Coffee

The Way Nonna Makes It

Traditional Italian Coffee Comes From Centuries of Experience

Dark roasts and short, espresso style coffee is what the Italians are famous for. Packed with rich, chocolatey undertones and intense smoky flavours, it's no wonder Nonna won't let you drink anything else.

For centuries, Italians have liked their coffee short and intense. Choosing only the finest beans from the likes of Colombia, coffee is dark roasted to create the sublime, rich flavours we all know and love. It's become an after dinner staple in restaurants across the globe, and now the Bialetti range makes it easy to recreate at home.

Stovetop coffee makers are Italy's kettle, 98% of homes in the country own one. A Bialetti Moka Express or Venus really is the only way to create traditional Italian coffee at home. Simply fill the base with water, heap Moka coffee onto the filter and place on the stove. You'll soon hear the unforgettable Moka sound.

Keeping ground coffee fresh is essential to achieving the perfect cup. Bialetti have mastered it. The coffee is dark roasted in traditional Italian style. The beans are ground to suit stovetop coffee makers, allowing you to brew Italian-style espresso at home. The perfect way to enjoy coffee, every day of the week.


The Origins

The first record of coffee being consumed in England doesn't take place until 1652, by which point Italy had already had 72 years to perfect their secret recipe.

Arriving in Venice

In 1570, Paduan Prospero Alpino arrived in Venice. He'd travelled a long way from the East, expecting a warming welcome from his friends in northern Italy.

However, aboard his ship he carried with him coffee. The Italians had never heard of coffee before, until this point it was only documented further east and had already been banned from several Muslim countries.

Alpino himself couldn't have predicted the success. At first, coffee was only sold in pharmacies and due to its higher cost it was only accessible by the wealthier families.

Taking over italy

Despite the cost, it wasn't long before coffee shops starting appearing on the streets of Venice. More and more people were drinking coffee as part of their day-to-day lives.

By 1763, there were 218 coffee shops in Venice alone. Everyone had access to the popular beverage and people were experimenting with new brewing and roasting styles. It's safe to say, Italy was hooked.

But it was more than coffee to Nonna.

Every sip is a moment...
Coffee Culture Today

Today, coffee is so much more than just a caffeinated drink in Italian culture. A cup of coffee is a moment.

It's a moment shared with friends, family and loved ones. A moment you stop rushing through life and really take it in. And, while it may only be small, coffee is a moment of serenity.

Because you see, for Italians, coffee never belonged in a takeaway cup. It belonged at home, which is exactly where Bialetti's put it.