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Imported Italian Coffee
What Do You Know About Imported Italian Coffee?
Most people answer that question with a funny look or a blank stare. Educated coffee drinkers will answer that question by touting the advantages of imported Italian coffee and you will hear words thrown at you that end in 'espresso' or 'Americano'. Imported Italian coffee is actually a misnomer for coffee imported from Italy is usually grown somewhere in the Middle East or countries located in North Africa.
Coffee came to Italy during the 16th century and it has become a staple of Italian life - as well as a staple in other countries, such as the United States. However, the big difference between Italian coffee and, say, American coffee, has more to do with the way the coffee is processed and brewed. If you have ever tasted a finely made espresso you understand this difference. Espresso, which is well known as an Italian drink, is a very rich and strong coffee blend. As a matter of fact, it is actually too strong for some people.
Espresso, which is the most popular way of drinking imported Italian coffee, is brewed by forcing pressurized steam through coffee beans that have been finely ground. This process produces a beverage that has more coffee to water, making the flavor very strong and very rich. It can be served plain or it can be served with variations of milk and cream. For example, an espresso macchiato is a shot of espresso coffee that is topped with foamy milk. A cafe latte is a shot of espresso coffee that is topped with steamed milk with foamy milk added as a final touch. As you can see, espresso coffee can be used in variety of drinks.
Imported Italian coffee does come in a variety of flavors that are due to the coffee bean it is produced from. There are some Italian coffees that offer you a sweet, chocolaty flavor while others are fruity with a bold, intense flavor. Many coffee connoisseurs prefer blends from Italy which usually combines some of the sweet and fruity tasting beans with a more robust bean.
The key to enjoying a good imported Italian coffee is not the taste or the way it is brewed. It is actually the freshness of the coffee. Because it is imported around the world, it takes to get to its destination and on the shelves of your local grocer. For example, it can take up to two weeks to get from Italy to the United States. If you are planning on enjoying a good Italian roast and order it from overseas, order it from a company that vacuum seals their coffee containers. This will ensure that your imported Italian coffee is as fresh as it can be when it gets to you.