Italian Coffee explained!

Mine’s a coffee…but what kind?? In Italy, everyone has their own idea as to what makes a perfect Italian Coffee – and there are plenty of varieties to choose from! Here we explain the differences between some of the popular choices in the Espressopedia range, to help you make your choice:


Espresso: The most popular amongst Italians – this is a creamy and flavoursome, strong short coffee.


Cremoso: A rich coffee with a creamy flavour – great for making a creamy cappuccino and latte.


Caffe Lungo: A long coffee with more water added to your usual espresso – and usually a stronger coffee too.


Cappuccino: A slightly longer espresso with the addition of frothed milk, served in a large cup, sometimes with a sprinkle of cocoa. It's usually enjoyed by the Italians at breakfast time with a delicious croissant on the side!


Caffe Ristretto: A concentrated, small espresso – very strong and ideal for a morning wake up kick!


Cortado: An espresso with a small amount of steamed milk.
Macchiato: Warm milk served in a tall glass with the addition of an espresso poured on top.


Decaffeinate: You guessed it, a coffee with the caffeine removed from it, which is usually enjoyed in the evening after dinner.


Caffe Al Ginseng: A coffee with milk, cream and ginseng extract, which can help to energise your body and ease digestion.


Mokaccino: A cappuccino blended with a little hot chocolate and cream.
Cioccolata or Chocolat: Creamy hot chocolate, made in an instant – perfect for a warming afternoon drink.


Caffe Nocciola: A smooth, hazelnut flavoured espresso.
Cicoria: A naturally caffeine-free drink based on the chicory root, which offers an aromatic alternative to coffee.

So many options to choose from, all of which are available in pods compatible with your Lavazza A Modo Mio, Nespresso, Caffitaly and Nescafe Dolce Gusto machines - which coffee will you try next?