It has been a pretty warm summer so far here in New York, so I thought it might be worth it to find myself a nice cold recipe of some sort. My first thought was to find a fun recipe that used coffee espresso so I could do some experimenting. As I searched online, one idea stuck out to me the most, homemade Kahlua! Most of the recipes I stumbled on called for instant coffee so I decided to substitute it with espresso instead. Unfortunately, the first recipe I tried needed to sit for 3-5 weeks before it would be ready to try. I am extremely impatient so I did a bit more reading online and found a different recipe that would be ready immediately. For the first recipe I decided to go with Filicori Zecchini Gran Crema Delicato, for the second I used Illy’s Monoarabica Single-Origin Brazil. 1st Homemade Kahlua: 2 cups of water 2 cups of sugar 1/5 vodka 1 whole vanilla bean 6 shots of Filicori Delicato (6oz) On the stove, combine the water and sugar in a small sauce pan. Simmer the water on low heat while stirring gently to ensure the sugar is dissolved completely. Transfer the sugar water along with the rest of the ingredients into a tinted container (a funnel made this clean and easy). Let your mixture sit for 3-5 weeks, shaking occasionally. 2nd Homemade Kahlua: 4 or 5 double shots of Illy Brazil (48 oz) 1 pound light brown sugar 3.5 tablespoons Vanilla Extract ½ liter of vodka Like the first recipe, start by combining the water and brown sugar in a small sauce pan. Then all you have to do is pour your ingredients into a sealable container (like a jug) and shake vigorously. Chill to your liking and serve over ice. I must say that these two recipes came out completely different from one another. The first recipe produced a thick and bold liqueur that was great for mixing into other recipes. The Gran Crema Delicato features chocolate and vanilla notes which really blend well with Kahlua. The second recipe called for vanilla extract instead of a vanilla bean which is why there was no wait time between preparation and serving. I would recommend the first recipe for colder weather because it’s thicker, heavier and more bold. The second recipe is great for the summertime because it was lighter and delicious on ice.
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Filicori Zecchini Gran Crema Delicato Whole Bean Espresso is a graceful blend of fine Arabica and Robusta coffee. Indian, Brazilian and other South American beans have been individually roasted to preserve the distinct flavors and aromas of each region. The resulting coffee has a delicate fragrance and well-rounded body with a lingering, sophisticated aftertaste. Filicori Zecchini Gran Crema Delicato also features notes of chocolate, vanilla and toasted grain. This blend has been certified by the Italian Espresso National Institute, which recognizes quality coffee and espresso. Filicori Zecchini Gran Crema Delicato Whole Bean Espresso has a dark roast and it is available in 2.2-pound bags.
Will this coffee and the Filicori Zecchini Gran Crema Forte work in a super-automatic or are they too oily ?
Thanks for the great question. As I am sure this question will help many others. The Filicori Zecchini beans are not to oily. It is a great coffee/espresso for those looking for a darker roast without clogging your machine with other oily dark roasts.
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|Country of Origin:||Brazil, South America & India|
|Country Imported From:||Italy|
|Social & Environmental|
|Italian Espresso National Institute Certified:||Yes|
|Customer Review:||5 Stars|
|Taste Notes:||Chocolate, vanilla & toasted grain|
|Finish Notes:||Lingering & Sophisticated|
|Best For Brewing|
|Species:||Arabica & Robusta|
|Package Size:||6 of 2.2lb Bags|
In this video, we’ll be talking light and dark-roasted coffee. We’ll be brewing with Lavazza, Illy, Whole Latte Love, and Filicori Zechinni coffees to give you an in-depth look at the different types of coffee roasts.
With nearly a century of experience, Filicori Zecchini is a pillar of the Italian espresso scene. This isn't a company that simply adheres to the Italian espresso tradition; it can be argued that Filicori Zecchini actually had an active hand in creating said traditions. Europeans and residents of the Middle East have made Filicori Zecchini's award winning blends a staple for years, indulging in the famed espresso at the company's flagship cafes as well as in the home. Now, Filicori Zecchini has made its specialty coffees available to the US, where Americans are sure to be enchanted with its exceptional blends. The Credentials Filicori Zecchini was established in Bologna, Italy in 1919. With the aftermath of World War I as a backdrop, Aldo Filicori and Luigi Zecchini set out to perfect the art of Italian espresso. What the two created has endured the test of time; Filicori Zecchini has remained true to its heritage to this day and still operates under the leadership of the original founding family. As one of Italy's oldest roasters, Filicori Zecchini is also among the most revered. It is one of the few to companies to earn the prestigious Italian Espresso National Institute certification. Among other things, the Institute requires that the espresso be a blend of several origins and deliver thick, caramel-colored crema. The aroma must have overtones of chocolate, fruit, flowers and toast; the scent has to linger for several seconds to a minute before dissipating. The blend also has to be well rounded in order to earn certification. Many of Filicori Zecchini's premier espressos have earned the distinction of being certified by the Italian Espresso National Institute. Coffee and Espresso Whole bean espresso is the heart and soul of most roasters and Filicori Zecchini is no exception. Its premium blends are created from carefully selected Indian, Brazilian and other South American beans. Filicori Zecchini individually roasts each origin separately to preserve the flavor profiles of each region and protect the integrity of the espresso. What you get, as a result, are blends where all the flavor characteristics of each coffee are intact and distinguishable from one another. Along with multiple origins, Filicori Zecchini also combines Arabica and Robusta beans to give its espresso impressive crema. There are four Filicori Zecchini whole bean espressos to choose from: Blend N.1, Gran Crema Delicato, Gran Crema Forte and Kave Decaffeinato. Of the four, Gran Crema Delicato is the most refined and subdued; Blend N.1 is the boldest, making it ideal for cutting through the milk in cappuccinos and lattes. Gran Crema Delicato has light notes of chocolate, vanilla and toasted grains, making it a fine choice for after-dinner espresso. Blend N.1, on the other hand, is an unabashedly bold espresso that is perfect for early mornings; it can also work to balance milk-based beverages. Gran Crema Forte is Filicori Zecchini's middle-of-the-road blend; complex aromas and a medium acidity makes this a great anytime espresso. For those who are sensitive to caffeine, Kave Decaffeinato is a solid choice. It's full-flavored and aromatic without the caffeine content to keep you up at night. For drip coffee drinkers, Gran Crema Delicato and Gran Crema Forte are also available as ground coffee. Filicori Zecchini also offers a pre-ground version of its flagship Kave blend, a dark roast with surprisingly sweet nuances. If you're looking for convenience, check out Filtro, a bold and balanced drip coffee that comes in individually packaged bags. Not sure where to start, we've got two samplers—a whole bean and a ground coffee collection to give you a taste of Filicori Zecchini's most beloved blends. We're very excited to introduce Filicori Zecchini products in the US and hope you'll have a chance to try them out for yourself.
Whole Latte Love is the very first company to offer these outstanding Espresso Italiano Certified espressos from Filicori Zecchini in the United States and we couldn't be more excited! With individually roasted origins and amazing crema, flavors and aromas, these blends are sure to top your list of favorite espressos. Try them and you will never want the incredible, lingering aftertaste to end. Watch our video to see us brew shots and learn more about the characteristics of each of these blends.
This video features us brewing with the Filicori Zecchini Gran Crema Delicato. Imported directly from Italy and certified by the Italian Espresso National Institute, this coffee features notes of chocolate, vanilla, and toasted grain. Enjoy.