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Creamy, iconic, Italian: this is Espresso

Discover how to make the real “Made in Italy” coffee.

By the Lavazza Team 2–3 minutes

Espresso coffee is one of the most beloved and iconic beverages to date. Not to mention the fact that it is a representation of Italian culture and tradition all over the world.

Obtained from roasting and grinding the seeds of Coffea arabica and Coffea robusta, it is the most consumed and well-known type of coffee in Italy.

Its origins date back to 1884 in Turin, where Angelo Moriondo patented the machine to produce it. This invention was born from his need to satisfy customers’ coffee demands at his restaurant in Turin in a shorter time than with the traditional coffee preparation methods available at that time.

But one of the most important figures in the history of Italian espresso is Pier Teresio Arduino. In 1905, he realized the potential of the bar machine and understood the importance of a machine capable of making coffee on the spot and speeding up the work of baristas.

The symbol of espresso is the crema, generated by the high pressure of water that is pushed toward a panel of ground and pressed coffee.

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