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Italian coffee brands you will love in Italy (and back home!)

Italian coffee brands to try while in Italy and how to get them online for your Italian coffee ritual at home.

Italian coffee drinks are world famous and if you have been to Italy, you have probably experienced yourself that very special pleasure that comes from that first, strong sip of Italian espresso – may that come from a moka in an Italian home or your favorite Italian barista.

Replicating the exact Italian experience at home is not easy however, some Italian coffee brands are easily available online and can go a long way to make your day properly caffeinated.

These are popular Italian coffee brands you may want to try while in Italy.

Links are to the producers’ pages on Amazon, should you want to try them while not in Italy. If you are on a hunt for a coffee machine to go with the perfect coffee, then you may also like this selection of Italian coffee machines you can get online.

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Best and most popular Italian coffee brands

Illy Coffee from Trieste

Illy is one of the best known coffee brands in Italy and a name usually associated with quality and refinement.

The story of Illy caffe’ starts in 1934 in Trieste, Friuli Venezia Giulia.

That year, Francesco Illy found a way to treat coffee that allowed for it to be stored safely for a long time, making it easy to export.

He also created Illetta, a revolutionary coffee machine that used pressure to prepare the beverage to perfection.

In the 1930s, thanks to the success fo these two inventions, Illy coffee leaves its native Trieste to perk up morning breakfast in places like Sweden and The Netherlands, paving the way to making Illy an international household name.

In the 1950s his son Francesco expands and grows the production and Illy becomes available in smaller packets for home use.

In the 70s it starts being available in capsules too – this was the first time coffee was available in a mono-portion, a solution that meant it could be prepared to perfection every time, anywhere.

In the 1980s Illy becomes knows in the USA too and has ever since stayed as one of the best known, appreciated and respected Italian coffee brands on the market.

Illy coffee is smooth and velvety and made of a special blend of 9 Arabica coffee varieties that give is its distinctive taste.

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Lavazza from Piemonte

Lavazza is a very popular coffee brand available in Italy and an in many other countries, both in supermarkets and online.

The story of Lavazza coffee stars in 1895 in Turin/Torino, when Luigi Lavazza opened hist first Torrefazione.

At the basis of its vision there was the idea of blending coffee varieties from different origins and Lavazza blends follow the same principle today.

The blends are made of up to 6 different origin coffee, some 100% Arabica and some a mix of Arabica and Robusta, from different coffee production areas.

Nowadays Lavazza offers several types of blends for moka and coffee machines. Among the most popular in Italy there is the original Lavazza Rossa (Arabica from Brazil, Robusta from Africa), Lavazza Crema e Gusto (Arabica from Brazil and Robusta from South East Asia) and Lavazza Qualita’ Oro (6 Arabica varieties from central and South America).

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Caffe’ Borbone from Campania

Caffe’ Borbone is a much more recent Italian coffee brand however, since its birth in 1997 it has had a huge success so do not let its young age trick you into thinking this is a lower quality brand: this coffee is delicious!

Caffe Borbone is born in Naples and this origin is at the core of the values and vision of this company.

Coffee in Naples is a big deal and the Borbone family strives to create product that respects the Neapolitan tradition of coffee while making the most of modern technology for the best possible production system.

Caffee Bobrone has the typical strength of flavor of good Neapolitan coffee but comes in several varieties.

The blue blend is a mix of Arabica and Robusta and it is rather smooth, the red blend is a stronger blend with higher percentage of Robusta beans, the black blend is almost entirely Robusta coffee, while Oro (Golden) is mostly Arabica.

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Caffe’ Vergnano Coffee from Piemonte

Caffe’ Vergnano is another traditional Italian coffee brand whose origins date back to the late 1800s.

In 1882, Domenico Vergnano opened his first shop in Chieri and the passion for coffee quickly became a family business that lead to a big decision: in the 1930s the shops took the leap and bought a coffee plantation in Kenya, so that they could control production from start to finish.

Since then the family business has grown to become a large coffee produces exporting its delicious coffee to over 8 countries around the world.

The star blend of Vergnano coffee is the 1882 Vergnano which comes as Original, Strong and very strong, blending high quality Arabica and Robusta beans.

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Kimbo Coffee from Naples

Kimbo coffee was born in Naples at the coffee bar of the Rubini family.

The Rubini brothers quickly made a name for themselves for serving excellent espresso and this vocation brought them over the years to develop the Kimbo company, which takes pride in overlooking the coffee production system form plant to espresso cup.

Kimbo offers several types of coffee varieties with coffee from South America, largely of Arabica variety.

Kimbo is particularly popular as make-at-home coffee with a moka and is beloved especially by those who love a strong, decisive aroma. Click on the images for price and details from the producer.

Pellini Coffee from Verona

Caffe’ Pellini is another excellent Italian coffee brand, born in Verona in 1992 and now known all over the world thanks to very successful export endeavors.

Pellini is known especially for his coffee bar products but can also be made at home. They offer several brands with 100% Arabica beans or a mix of Arabica and Robusta.

varieties you can try at home are Pellini Bio Arabica 100%, Pellini Top (100% Arabica) and Pellini espresso bar (Arabica with a touch of Robusta).

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Segafredo coffee from Bologna

Segafredo is one of the biggest names in Italian coffee.

The company was founded in the 1960s in Bologna by Francesco Segafredo but got acquired in the 1970s by the Zanetti family, who added their name to what is now known ad the Segafredo Zanetti, part of Massimo Zanetti Beverage group.

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Segafredo Zanetti makes coffee blends for both home and professional establishments and uses coffee from several countries blending both Arabica and Robusta varieties.

For home use they offer several blends including Supremo (100% Arabica), Massimo (South American Arabica and African Robusta), Crema Ricca (Robusta and Arabica).

I hope you enjoyed this quick overview of the best Italian coffee brands and it helped you decide which one to try at home.

Love Italian beverages? Then don’t forget to also check out our quick guide to Italian drinks and cocktails!

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Marta Correale is an Italian mama of two. Born and raised in Rome, Marta has a passion for travel and especially enjoys showing off Italy to her kids, who are growing up to love it as much as she does! A classics graduate, teacher of Italian as a second language and family travel blogger, Marta launched Mama Loves Italy as a way to inspire, support and help curious visitors to make the most of a trip to Italy and learn about Italian culture on the way.