What makes a perfect espresso? With so many coffee machines to choose from, it seems as easy as pressing a button and collecting the brown gold underneath. But an authentic Italian espresso is a lot harder to make.
For starters, you don't need one of those ridiculously expensive coffee machines that look like Transformers. Contrary to popular belief, you can actually make an amazing and authentic Italian espresso with Nespresso compatible capsules. What are they, you ask? They're Nespresso coffee pods made by other companies. They fit into your Nespresso machine at home without breaking them or voiding the warranty.
There are plenty to choose from. If you're looking for an authentic Italian espresso, you need authentic Italian Nespresso capsules or if you don't have a Nespresso machine, Italian-made capsules that are compatible with your machine. Personally, I stick to Italian Nespresso capsules and specifically Gimoka or Gran Caffè Garibaldi. If you haven't heard of them, they're coffee roasters located in Lake Como. For decades, Gimoka only supplied bars and restaurants, but when they decided to branch out into the home, they didn't do things by halves. They designed their own self-sealing capsules that keep oxygen and moisture out and stop the coffee from losing its flavour. Gran Caffè Garibaldi, on the other hand, is a high-end artisan company that makes small batches of single origin and blend coffee. Named after the Italian war hero, Gran Caffè Garibaldi produces luxury Italian coffee from the best Arabica and Robusta beans.
They mightn't look very Italian, but these pods are what most Italian families use every single day to get an authentic espresso. They keep their flavour much better than loose coffee beans or ground coffee and produce a perfect coffee time after time without you having to worry about your machine's pressure or texture of the grinds.
Now that you've got your Nespresso compatible pods or other brand of capsules, it's time to get brewing. The trick is to use a warm cup, so pour some boiling water into your cup and give it a few minutes to heat up. Expert baristas tilt the cup slightly as the coffee pours out. This produces a richer and fuller 'crema'. The 'crema' is the foam that gathers at the top of an espresso. A true Italian espresso is no more than a tablespoon, so you might have to switch your machine off before it’s finished.
This might break your heart, but an authentic Italian espresso isn’t served with sugar. In the Italian bars and restaurants where Gimoka and Gran Café Garibaldi are served, sugar is seriously frowned on. It covers up the flavor that the growers worked so hard to infuse into their beans. Since a good quality Italian espresso is naturally sweet, you don’t need to add any extra sugar. You simply enjoy it as is.
So before you buy Nespresso capsules, take a moment and order Nespresso compatible capsules instead. A couple of years ago, I was looking for Michelangelo’s David in Florence. I found the best coffee of my life instead. Inspired by the fortuitous experience, the decided to bring authentic Italian espresso to my kitchen in Australia. L’Emporio is the official distributor of Gimoka – the coffee that was served in the café – and Gran Caffè Garibaldi, its artisan line. Gimoka makes Nespresso compatible capsules for an authentic and affordable Italian-made espresso made for your Nespresso machine at home.
L’Emporio is the official distributor of Gimoka and Gran Caffè Garibaldi Italian coffee in Australia. We sell the best Italian-made Nespresso compatible capsules
available online for less than anything you’ll find in store.