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Coffee experience: live the journey

The world of coffee guided by Lavazza Training Center experts

By the Lavazza Team 2–3 minutes

Methods of preparation, espresso tastings, coffee origins. The Training Center covers all the main aspects of coffee culture. Here, you can find all the answers to your questions about the world of coffee, thanks to the wide range of knowledge and skills offered by our team of experts.

METHODS OF PREPARATION

There are many methods to prepare a perfect coffee, from the most traditional to the most innovative. The Lavazza Training Center offers courses for professionals on all the coffee preparation methods.

MOKA POT

Thanks to its association with Italian coffee, the Moka pot is perhaps the most widely used cooking tool in Italian homes. Since the iconic Bialetti designed it in 1933, several models have been manufactured that have helped to spread the Italian coffee tradition around the world. Although it’s easy to use, there are a few little tricks to make your coffee truly outstanding.  For instance, the water temperature, the amount of ground coffee, and the intensity of the heat. Let’s discover all the tricks to prepare a perfect coffee.

CHEMEX

A unique and sophisticated design characterizes the most global of all coffee makers: invented by a German chemist in the United States in 1941, the Chemex is now appreciated by all coffee lovers. Its fascination lies in the ritual that accompanies the extraction of coffee: the choice of the filter, the water pouring technique, the timing. It is no coincidence that the most elegant dripper is now exhibited at MoMa, the Museum of Modern Art in New York. 

COLD BREW

The United States made Cold Brew Coffee a celebrity in the coffee world, but its consumption was first witnessed in Japan in the 1600s. From here, thanks to Dutch merchants, it has reached the rest of the world, which is why it is also called Dutch Coffee or Kyoto Coffee. To make this, you need a Cold Brew Tower and... a lot of patience! The secret to this preparation lies in the slow movement of water through the ground coffee, drop by drop.

NEAPOLITAN COFFEE MAKER

The historical Neapolitan coffee maker originated in France in 1819 and was reportedly designed by the Parisian Morize. Over the centuries, however, this device, known as a cuccumella, has become one of the symbols of Naples’ culture and tradition. As precious and elaborate as a chemist’s formula, the preparation of the Neapolitan coffee maker requires a lot of attention to detail: here is everything you need to know about how to enjoy ’na tazzulella of perfect coffee!

PLUNGER OR FRENCH PRESS

Plunger, French Press, melior, cafetière à piston or French coffee maker: this extraction system is known by as many names as the many countries in which it is used. Ideal for preparing tea and infusions, it features a distinctive design and a unique technique to separate the water from the ground coffee. No matter which beverage you prefer in your French Press, discover the secrets to the best way to use it.

ESPRESSO

The first prototype espresso machine was presented in 1855 at the Paris Universal Exposition. A special extraction process makes the espresso a concentrated beverage, with an intense taste and aroma.

ESPRESSO, AN ITALIAN SYMBOL AROUND THE WORLD

Creamy, full-bodied taste, aromatic. Espresso is recognized as the ultimate Italian coffee. Sipping on an espresso means enjoying a complete sensory experience that involves sight, smell, and taste.

An espresso is made up of these elements: aroma, cream, body, taste, and the cup. 


AROMA

Each blend releases distinctive notes, which set it apart from all others: chocolate, floral, and fruity are just some of the aromas that can be found in a cup of coffee.


CREAM

A visual representation that hints at the characteristics of the coffee you are going to enjoy. It should make you want to taste it. The cream should never be foamy, nor too light or too dark.

BODY

It indicates the structure of the coffee, its fullness and concentration, based on the balance between the substances in the blend. 

TASTE

Bitter, salty, sour or sweet: the taste of coffee plays on the balance between these four parameters.

THE CUP

A true Italian espresso should be served in a quality cup, preheated to 35–40°C, with a truncated cone shape and a maximum capacity of 70 ml.

COFFEE ROOTS: WHERE DOES COFFEE COME FROM

Lavazza wanted to celebrate this unique and iconic product with Coffee Roots, a journey that traces the origins of coffee on its way to the western world, exploring its meaning in different cultures.

The project has also become a book written by “gastronome” journalist Vittorio Castellani, aka Chef Kumalè, in which he explores a thousand ways in which coffee has been adapted to the tastes and habits of the many different people who drink it every day.

Chef Kumalè said that although nowadays espresso can be considered "the universal language of coffee, shared throughout five continents, it is important to remember that each country has its "local dialects" that still exist today: particular rituals, ceremonies, habits, and ways of drinking coffee that are linked to individual traditions. 

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