Best Tasty Italian Coffee Beans 2021

Few countries in the world can brag about coffee like Italy. This European country might be well-known for pizza, pasta, and cathedrals, but the coffee culture in Italy is second to none. The coffee culture in Italy might need to have a book of its own, as it is just too vast.

Most of your favorite coffee drinks are of Italian origin. Italian coffee beans can also be brewed through various methods such as the French Press or the Aeropress, giving for differences in taste and brewing time.

Italians tend to prefer a cappuccino for breakfast rather than an espresso. There’s even a famous phrase, “al banco,” which denotes a coffee ritual explaining how Italians like to take their coffee. Al banco translates to “standing and alone,” as Italians seldom end to socialize in the morning when preparing for the day, so they drink coffee while standing.

Italy has spread this lovely beverage to all the corners of the world, and we cannot seem to get enough of these precious beans. Right before we take a look at our top Italian coffee beans, we would like to look at the coffee culture in Italy, common types of coffee cultivated in Italy, and finally, our top picks.

The Coffee Culture In Italy

Coffee was not invented in Italy, but the coffee culture in Italy is one of the most admired globally. Most Italian coffees use either the Arabica or Robusta beans, depending on the region and taste of the people residing there. 

Coffee Beans Used

Arabica tends to be preferred, thanks to its minimal caffeine content and robust flavor profile. In cases where Robusta beans are used, it is blended with Arabica, which increases the caffeine content (Robusta beans have a high caffeine content). 

Roasting

When it comes to roasting, Italian roast coffee should have little to no oil on the beans. Well-roasted Italian coffee beans have a rich brown coloration. This is in contrast to their French counterparts, which tend to be oily and dark.

Grinding

In Italy, grinding is done before brewing to ensure that only the freshest and optimal flavor is gotten. Unlike grinding tables, grinding wheels are used in Italy as they give a more thorough grind.

Popular Coffee Drinks In Italy

Italy has a lot of coffee drinks, asides from lattes and cappuccinos. Some which we are about to list could be the first time you are hearing about it. Below are the most popular consumed coffee drinks in Italy;

  • Espresso: Usually served in a demitasse cup. Bold taste with foam on top known as crema.
  • Ristretto: More concentrated than espresso and is usually made using less water.
  • Caffe Americano: A shot of espresso which has hot water added to it.
  • Lungo: An espresso made with more water.
  • Corretto: An espresso “corrected” using either cognac or grappa.
  • Cappuccino: An espresso made with foamed milk. Cappuccinos consist of equal parts of espresso, foamed milk, and steamed milk.
  • Cafe Latte: This is an espresso containing more milk than a cappuccino, but a tiny foam amount. Cafe lattes are mostly taken as a breakfast drink in Italy.

Illy Classico Whole Bean Coffee

Ask any Italian for the most popular coffee companies in Italy, and Illy might be their first answer. Illy has always offered some of the best products on the market, and there are no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Illy’s product is Direct Trade certified, meaning that the company sources its coffee beans from farmers directly. 100 percent Arabica coffee beans are used to manufacture this product, giving a bold and robust flavor. 

Savor the subtle chocolatey notes and smokiness from this tin containing some of the finest coffee Italy has to offer. It comes in three-kilogram steel cans, and methylene chloride is used for storage instead of oxygen.

What We Liked

  • 100% Arabica beans are used
  • Chocolate notes and smokiness give a great-tasting coffee.

What Could Have Been Better

  • Quite pricey

Lavazza Super Crema Bean Medium Blend

Lavazza is another popular name in coffee and is one of the few brands that has been consistent with its product offerings. An Italian favorite, Lavazza products may not have complex flavors like other brands, but consistently great coffee is guaranteed.

This blend packs on a nutty taste, with flavors reminiscent of fruit and honey. When combined with a shot of espresso, these flavors are not lost. In fact, they tend to stand out just well enough to leave you demanding another cup.

What we love most about this product is the hefty amount of crema. This is due to the oils that have been gotten rid of during roasting.

What We Liked

  • Contains a reasonable amount of crema
  • Great fruity and honey flavors that stand out in an espresso

What Could Have Been Better

  • Fruitier than other options

Caffe Vergnano Gran Aroma

Made with a blend of Arabica and Robusta coffee beans, this product ticks all the boxes in the taste and flavor department.

Coffee made with Caffe Vergnano Gran Aroma offers a strong cup of espresso with a syrup-like texture. There are also subtle spicy notes, plus a lot of crema for those who love it on their espresso. 

Caffe Vergnano Gran Aroma manages to strike the perfect balance between aroma, crema, and texture. Not many coffee beans can boast of that nowadays.

What We Liked

  • Subtle spicy notes
  • Made from Arabica and Robust beans
  • A lot of crema

What Could Have Been Better

  • Not everyone might like the spicy notes

Lavazza Crema e Gusto

Crema e Gusto from Lavazza offers some of the best pre-ground Italian roast beans. The beans come already ground and are packed tightly in a “brick” for freshness. Pre-ground roast gets stales quickly, and prolonged freshness is vital.

The beans used are a bit on the heavy and bold side when it comes to flavor. Asides from an excellent taste, you get a good amount of crema with notes of chocolate.

If bold flavors and dark bitter-tasting coffee suits you, then, by all means, go for the Lavazza Crema e Gusto.

What We Liked

  • Packed tightly for maximum freshness
  • A tremendous amount of crema
  • Bold taste

What Could Have Been Better

  • It might be too bitter for some

Cafe Don Pablo Signature Blend Whole Bean Coffee

Don Pablo is a renowned company with a reputation for producing some of the best coffee in Italy. Although the beans took more time to cook, they came out with a superb taste. 

Cafe Don Pablo produces some of the best espressos. Concerned with taste? Not to worry, as Cafe Don Pablo has a dark flavor, with subtle notes of salt and chocolate. The coffee beans are medium dark-roasted with low-acidity.

We love the slight caramelization of the bean’s sugars, which add to an already excellent flavor profile, and a great aftertaste to match. The beans used in this product are 100% Arabica while being GMO-free.

What We Liked

  • Made from 100% Arabica
  • GMO-free
  • Excellent flavor and aftertaste
  • Provides good value for the money spent

What Could Have Been Better

  • Salty taste could be a turn-off for some

Koffee Kult Dark Roast Coffee Beans

The Arabica coffee beans used in this product were sourced from multiple countries, including Colombia and Guatemala. Hence, be assured that the quality and taste when such effort is put in to get only the best raw materials will be top-notch.

Expect a smooth and intense taste that is not too sweet and not too bitter. There are tones of various flavors to make up for this to give an unforgettable experience in every cup. Such flavors include cocoa and cinnamon, with a heavy body.

These coffee beans make a mean cup of espresso any given day. Feel free to combine with milk (steamed or frothed) to create homemade lattes, macchiatos, and cappuccinos.

What We Liked

  • Affordable
  • It can be brewed in different ways, e.g., espresso machine and drip method.
  • Different serving sizes available.
  • Makes fantastic lattes and cappuccinos

What Could Have Been Better

  • Absence of crema

Pellini Top 100% Arabica

Pellini is one of Italy’s most sought-after coffee brands in Italy. Pellini has an award to show for this, as they bagged the gold medal at the International Coffee Tasting Awards.

Made from 100% Arabica coffee beans, the caffeine content is low, making it suitable for persons who prefer coffee with low caffeine content. If you are after that shot of energy needed in the morning to pass the day, this product might not work for you.

Different brewing methods can be used for the coffee beans without compromising on the taste. We found the drip method (with filters) and the Moka pot are the most recommended means of brewing for optimal flavor.

What We Liked

  • It can be brewed using different methods e,g Moka pot, and drip method
  • Different serving sizes available (250 grams and 500 grams)
  • Offers excellent value for money spent.
  • Protective tin packaging offers better storage conditions.

What Could Have Been Better

  • Dark roast gives a bitter taste 
  • No crema
  • Low caffeine content can’t give the required energy “shot.”

Lavazza Dek Ground Coffee Blend

Lavazza takes decaf coffee drinkers into account with the Lavazza Dek Ground Coffee Blend. This coffee bean manages to strike an incredible balance between flavor and aroma with zero caffeine.

Like other products on this list, this coffee blend is best brewed with an espresso machine. However, other brewing methods like the Aeropress and drip-over method will also do justice to these irresistible decaf coffee beans.

This decaf coffee by Lavazza is our winner for the best Italian decaf coffee beans out there. How could we forget the oh-so-good aroma that makes it hard to keep one’s hand off this product? Now we know why it’s always out of stock.

What We Liked

  • Great price
  • Decaf 
  • Different brewing methods can be used
  • Excellent aroma

What Could Have Been Better

  • Few fruity notes

Lavazza Gran Espresso Whole Bean

Dark, full-bodied, rich in crema and tasty best describe this coffee blend by Lavazza. With only the best coffee beans sourced from Brazil, Honduras, and Uganda, this coffee blend never fails to produce a rich cup of espresso.

Expect a full-bodied, dark, and flavorful taste with minimal notes than some products in this list. Though made to be brewed using an espresso machine, the French Press works quite well for this coffee blend.

There are notes of cocoa and black pepper present. Also, there are no nuts present, making these coffee beans suitable for persons with nut allergies.

What We Liked

  • Rich in crema
  • Spicey and chocolate notes
  • Full-bodied and dark

What Could Have Been Better

  • Lacks fruity flavors

Kimbo Espresso Coffee

Last on our list is the Kimbo Espresso Coffee with a strong taste guaranteed to give you a strong shot of espresso. There is some level of bitterness, though, but the taste and texture are smooth to the average consumer.

Plus, dark chocolate is infused with coffee beans to give that last-minute spiciness for that extraordinary burst of flavor. Kimbo’s Espresso Coffee is more common in restaurants situated in Naples.

What We Liked

  • Smooth texture
  • Dark chocolate adds to the fantastic taste

What Could Have Been Better

  • There is no crema
  • The spicy taste of dark chocolate is a no-no for some people. 

Conclusion

Italy has a lot going for its coffee culture, and the products listed here are a testament to that. There is an abundance of flavor, notes of cinnamon, honey, salt, and even spiciness, not to mention the smooth texture of Italian coffee beans. Any coffee enthusiast should explore Italian coffee beans and see how irresistible they are.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Coffee Beans Grown In Italy At The Moment?

At the moment, coffee is not cultivated in Italy, at least not to a commercial level. Except someone decided to grow it in their garden or as an indoor plant, coffee is not produced in Italy.

Which Countries Does Italy Import Her Coffee Beans From Then?

Italy’s main import partners for coffee include Latin American countries such as Brazil and Vietnam. Other countries are India, Congo, Ethiopia, and Indonesia.

What Is The Most Loved Coffee Brand In Italy?

Lavazza, of course. No other product comes close. 

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