Friday, October 18, 2013

Espresso Italiano

Image of espresso in Italy
Espresso in Italy
Espresso is definitely one of the most successful symbols of Made in Italy.

Italians take their Espresso extremely seriously. Did you know there is even an Italian Espresso National Institute?

Image of a coffee bar in Bergamo, Italy
A typical coffee bar in Bergamo, Italy.
The Italian Espresso National Institute (Instituto Nazionale Espresso Italiano) certifies the quality and promotes the original Espresso. It is one of the most important associations in the coffee market and has more than 30 member companies.

Espresso in Bergamo, Italy
The Certified Espresso Italiano has a hazel-brown to dark-brown foam, characterised by tawny reflexes with a very fine texture (absence of large mesh and larger or smaller bubbles).

The nose reveals an intense scent with notes of flowers, fruits, toasted bread and chocolate.

All of these sensations are felt also after swallowing the coffee in the long lasting aroma that remains for several seconds, sometimes even for minutes. Its taste is round, substantial and velvet-like. Sour and bitter tastes are well balanced and neither one prevails over the other. There is no, or a barely perceptible, astringent taste.

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