Learn about Alfredo Espresso and find out why this espresso with both German and Italian roots is one of the most popular in Europe in hotels, bistros, cafés and restaurants.
Discover all the Alfredo Espresso accessories for restaurateurs, from espresso sides to upscale crockery to branded design items for interior and exterior use.
Magnificent balance – Alfredo Espresso Caffè stands out with its perfectly balanced flavour and its versatility. Because this espresso from Venice is also a treat as a caffè crema.
We’ve all had them, but only a few people make their own – classic espresso specialities. Our recipes will help your cappuccino, latte macchiato and all the rest look as good as they taste.
How about a coffee with a little something extra? These recipes are ideal for those who want to liven up their espresso with a touch of liqueur. Still, the espresso is still the star in all of them!
Did you know that espresso is a perfect ingredient for great cocktails? Mix up a few fruity or creamy drinks with espresso for your next party. We’ll show you how.
The Alfredo Espresso capsules enable espresso enjoyment of the highest calibre with the lowest effort. For self-service we offer our three most popular roasts in capsule form.
Try a different kind of espresso - Cremazzurro from the Sicilian capital of Palermo is stronger than any of our other roasts and is alive with southern Italian temperament in every sip.
Don’t let the name mislead you – even without caffeine, Decaffeinato has a full, delicious espresso taste, as light and upbeat as life in Rome itself.
Insert capsule, press button, enjoy espresso – that’s how simple it is to make first-class espresso with Doreen, our new capsule machine. Learn all about what it can do.
Only fair-trade espresso beans are used in the Turin-style Futuro. The taste is similarly “sustainable,” with spicy aromas, powerful body and a nice crema.
When did espresso come to Germany, and how? And what did Albert Darboven have to do with it? Learn about some surprising facts in the Alfredo Espresso story.
The Alfredo Espresso product line offers everything you need to win over espresso lovers – high-end espresso accessories, an exclusive self-serve concept, and naturally outstanding espressi for every taste!
Our most elegant espresso: Primus Omnium from Milan. Enjoy the incomparably pleasing and balanced flavour that is preferred in the northern Italian fashion metropolis.
Enjoy your espresso with a difference – leaf through our recipe collection and try out the classics such as espresso macchiato, exotic drinks like Irish Coffee Creme Colada and many more.
When the mercury goes up, it’s time to cool down with refreshing summer drinks. And yes, they’re great with espresso – as proven by our yummy summer recipes.
An espresso from Bologna, where the idea for the Alfredo Espresso brand was born. As an homage to our first roasts, this espresso is powerful, balanced and full.
Seven espresso varieties, each from a different city in Italy. Join us on our journey through the most important espresso regions of Italy and find your personal favourite.
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The Tipo Bar comes from Florence and is every bit as cultivated. It gives espresso fans a balanced taste, full body and a light, seductive crema.
Here we present a few espresso recipes for the colder time of year. Recipes that warm from the inside, look good on the outside, and taste exceptionally good!
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After lunch, before turning in or for a quick pick-me-up in between, today people enjoy espresso at any time of day and for any occasion. It has become a normal part of life. J.J. Darboven had a hand in that. 50 or so years ago, good old filter coffee was the only kind of coffee you could find in Germany.
Espresso was something you drank only during the obligatory holiday in Italy – after coaxing your VW beetle over the Alps, you stopped on Lake Garda for a well-earned gelato and espresso. But in the 70s Albert Darboven had the idea of bringing the Italian speciality served in tiny cups to the German market and offering it as an alternative to the filter coffee that, beloved though it was, was also starting to seem a bit boring.
To implement this plan, first we sent our coffee roasters to Bologna to learn the high art of espresso roasting from North Italian masters. A major difference is that in Italy, coffee beans are roasted substantially longer at around 225°C. This makes them much darker and pushes the fats to the surface, thus giving them a characteristic sheen.
Once our coffee roasters had internalized all the processes and refinements of Italian roasting, and the Italian roasters had gained an understanding of German expectations as to the quality of the raw materials, they began to work together closely to develop roasting profiles for the German market. We started supplying espresso to the first German restaurants and cafés.
What started as a small test quickly turned into a triumphal procession for espresso. For in the late 70s and early 80s Germany was home not just to Germans, but also to large numbers of Italian immigrant workers. Many of them had gone on to open ice-cream cafés and pizzerias, and jumped at the chance to offer a genuine coffee speciality from their homeland.
No less importantly, Germans were glad to have a change from regular old filter coffee. The second wave of coffee reached Germany, for with espresso now available, Italian milk-based specialities like cappuccino and latte macchiato began to appear on menus as well.
In the midst of all this, in 1987, we decided to no longer import espresso, but to make our own locally, of course with original Italian roasting techniques. This marks the birth of Alfredo Espresso – a brand that was launched with the goal of spreading Italian dolce vita in the German F&B business, and also demonstrating that there is the right espresso for every taste. We started with four varieties – Cremazurro, Caffè, Tipo Bar und Super Bar – that didn’t just offer a wide variety of flavour profiles, but also a cross section of Italian gusto.
Because just as German beers differ from one city to the next, so too does Italian espresso vary from region to region. Reflecting this, each Alfredo Espresso variety stands for a city in Italy and the espresso enjoyed there. Now three more varieties have been added to the initial four, so that the product range currently represents seven Italian cities: Palermo (Cremazzuro), Turin (Futuro), Rom (Decaffeinato), Venedig (Caffè), Florenz (Tipo Bar), Bologna (Super Bar) und Mailand (Primus Omnium).
Over the years we grew not just our range of flavours, but also our markets. From Germany, Alfredo Espresso expanded into Poland, the Netherlands, Ireland and many other European countries, not least thanks to the attractive combination of original Italian roast culture and dependable German quality. Alfredo Espresso hasn’t merely won over restaurateurs throughout Europe, it has also impressed international barista stars who often use Alfredo Espresso for their competitions. This confirms to us, and especially Albert Darboven, that we took the right steps back in the 70s.