It's not easy for a roaster to distinguish itself nowadays. The market is pretty well saturated with the good, the bad, and the down-right ugly. Rising to the top of the ranks requires dedication, precision and, most of all, an utterly remarkable end product. Antica Coffee and Espresso delivers on all accounts...And, the world is taking notice.
Coffee to the Stars
Antica Tostatura Triestina blends are served in more than 26 countries worldwide. Its coffee and espresso grace the menus of restaurants operated by famous chefs and tastemakers Todd English, David Bouley, Mario Batali and Terrance Brennan, among others. Antica Tostatura Triestina is also the only espresso brand to be used exclusively on the set of The Martha Stewart Show. In fact, the brand counts Martha Stewart, herself, among its most ardent supporters. The domestic mogul personally drinks Antica espresso everyday and touts it as a "must-have" coffee. So, what is it about Antica Tostatura Triestina that has everyone buzzing?
Old Roast of Trieste
While most roasters operate with the notion that time is money and seek to expedite the production process, Antica Tostatura Triestina, loosely translated as "Old Roast of Trieste," bucks the trend. The company insists that "it takes time to get coffee just right." Since its founding in the late 19th century, Antica coffee and espresso have been roasted exclusively in Trieste, Italy—dubbed the "espresso coffee capital of the world."
As science has evolved, the vast majority of modern coffee companies have turned to natural gas and electricity to fuel their roasters in an attempt to expedite the roasting process and cut costs. Antica has steadfastly stuck to the traditional wood-roaster. The company uses beech-wood-fired roasters, which slowly heats up to a range of 500-525°F. Temperatures at this range are much lower than those generated by gas and electric roasters, which can run as high as 840°F.
On average, it takes Antica Tostatura Triestina three to four times longer to produce a batch of coffee or espresso. The lower temps and slower heating process used by the company are said to better preserve the flavor-generating lipids and natural compounds of the beans. Antica's coffee is hand-roasted according to origin prior to blending. Post-roast, the beans are naturally cooled with fresh air to intensify their natural fragrance and flavor characteristics. The end product of this meticulous roasting process is utterly distinct coffee and espresso.
Unforgettable Coffee & Espresso
Antica Tostatura Triestina strives to offer an elite alternative to the typical coffee experience. The company is the only specialty Italian roaster to be Kosher Certified. It also has a wide range of blends in its repertoire, including a line of double-certified organic products.
All of Anitca's products are blends consisting of no less than seven carefully selected coffee origins. If you're new to the brand, consider starting with its flagship Nessun Dorma blend. Named after an aria from Turandot, Giacomo Puccini's renowned opera, Nussun Dorma translates to "none shall sleep tonight." But, if you must sleep, Antica does offer decaf versions of Nessun Dorma whole bean and ground espresso. Whether in its decaffeinated or caffeinated form, Nessun Dorma presents an exuberant palate and multifaceted aromas of fresh jasmine blossom, vanilla, citrus and chocolate that begs to be savored.
Another noteworthy espresso, Buonissimo Whole Bean, is an elegant alternative with a decidedly full body. This low-acid coffee has sweet notes and a lingering aftertaste that makes it a solid choice for daily espresso drinkers. You can also indulge in the Organic Whole Bean espresso, a USDA-certified blend with intriguing notes of orange peel, nuts, cocoa and vanilla. Additionally, Antica has full-flavored ESE and ESE Decaf espresso pods for quick and mess-free brewing. As always, we have put together a sampler of standout blends for you to experience the brand. The Antica Whole Bean Sampler consists of 2.2lb bags of Nessun Dorma, Organic and Buonissimo espresso.
If espresso isn't your thing, Antica Tostatura Triestina also offers a line of premium drip coffee. A favorite among the coffee drinkers in our office is the 100% Arabica Drip Coffee. It is a full-flavored blend with a sweet, insistent taste and bold aroma. The USDA-certified Organic Drip Ground Coffee is another great choice. It has been grown without the use of chemicals and pesticides and presents multi-faceted, lasting flavors.
Antica Tostatura Triestina is one of our most unique lines of coffee and espresso. Don't take my word for it; have a taste test and see for yourself.