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Espresso Italiano

Our "Espresso Italiano" certified coffees

What is a certified Italian espresso?

At first glance, a true Italian coffee has a hazelnut to dark brown crema, with a very fine texture (no bubbles). The aroma is intense with floral, fruity, chocolate and toasted bread notes. All these flavours linger in the mouth long after the first sip. The taste is round, strong and smooth. The acidity and bitter notes are well balanced and none overpower the other. More about the espresso seal of approval here.

Espresso Italiano
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Di Giampaolo Espresso Maestrale - Espresso Italiano
espresso-international.co.uk Reviews with ekomi.co.uk
Di Giampaolo Espresso Maestrale - Espresso Italiano
1kg | Whole beans | 01.2026
£22.70
(£22.70 / 1 kg)

5-7 Workdays Article No. 10592

Degree of Roast: Medium Intensity: Balanced
Aroma(s) : Chocolaty, Nutty
Article No. 10592
10
La Genovese Caffè Oro - Espresso Italiano
espresso-international.co.uk Reviews with ekomi.co.uk
La Genovese Caffè Oro - Espresso Italiano
1kg | Whole beans | 04.2026
£19.04 £17.13
(£17.13 / 1 kg)

5-7 Workdays Article No. 10223

Degree of Roast: Medium Low acidity: Yes Intensity: Balanced
Aroma(s) : Chocolaty, Nutty
Article No. 10223
8
Essse Masini Espresso Italiano
espresso-international.co.uk Reviews with ekomi.co.uk
Essse Caffe Miscela Masini - Espresso Italiano
1kg | Whole beans | 08.2025
£25.41 £23.34
(£23.34 / 1 kg)

5-7 Workdays Article No. 10168

Degree of Roast: Dark Intensity: Balanced
Aroma(s) : Chocolaty, Nutty
Article No. 10168
Caffè Trucillo Gran Caffè Espresso - Espresso Italiano
espresso-international.co.uk Reviews with ekomi.co.uk
Caffè Trucillo Gran Caffè Espresso - Espresso Italiano
1kg | Whole beans | 04.2026
£25.09
(£25.09 / 1 kg)

5-7 Workdays Article No. 10635

Degree of Roast: Medium Intensity: Balanced
Aroma(s) : Chocolaty, Nutty
Article No. 10635
11
La Genovese Espresso Anniversario
espresso-international.co.uk Reviews with ekomi.co.uk
La Genovese Anniversario
250g | Whole beans | 05.2026
£7.09 £6.29
(£25.16 / 1 kg)

5-7 Workdays Article No. 10971

Degree of Roast: Medium Intensity: Mild
Aroma(s) : Chocolaty, Floral, Fruity
Article No. 10971
10
La Genovese Oro 250g
espresso-international.co.uk Reviews with ekomi.co.uk
La Genovese ORO
250g | Whole beans | 03.2026
£6.29 £5.66
(£22.64 / 1 kg)

5-7 Workdays Article No. 10953

Degree of Roast: Medium Low acidity: Yes Intensity: Balanced
Aroma(s) : Chocolaty, Nutty
Article No. 10953
Di Giampaolo Maestrale 250g
espresso-international.co.uk Reviews with ekomi.co.uk
Di Giampaolo Espresso Maestrale - Espresso Italiano
250g | Whole beans | 03.2026
£6.77
(£27.08 / 1 kg)

5-7 Workdays Article No. 10049

Degree of Roast: Medium Intensity: Balanced
Aroma(s) : Chocolaty, Floral
Article No. 10049
Di Giampaolo Espresso Shamal
espresso-international.co.uk Reviews with ekomi.co.uk
Di Giampaolo Espresso Shamal - Espresso Italiano
1kg | Whole beans | 02.2026
£23.82
(£23.82 / 1 kg)

5-7 Workdays Article No. 10591

Degree of Roast: Medium Intensity: Mild
Aroma(s) : Floral, Fruity
Article No. 10591
Di Giampaolo Espresso Libeccio
espresso-international.co.uk Reviews with ekomi.co.uk
Di Giampaolo Espresso Libeccio
1kg | Whole beans | 03.2026
£21.43
(£21.43 / 1 kg)

5-7 Workdays Article No. 10593

Degree of Roast: Medium Intensity: Strong
Aroma(s) : Nutty, Malty
Article No. 10593
Dersut Non Plus Ultra
espresso-international.co.uk Reviews with ekomi.co.uk
Dersut Caffè Non Plus Ultra - Espresso Italiano
1kg | Whole beans | 09.2025
£29.40
(£29.40 / 1 kg)

5-7 Workdays Article No. 10677

Degree of Roast: Dark Intensity: Balanced
Aroma(s) : Chocolaty, Fruity
Article No. 10677
7
Essse Caffè Selezione Arabica - Espresso Italiano
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Essse Caffè Selezione Arabica - Espresso Italiano
1kg | Whole beans | 06.2025
£23.82 £22.15
(£22.15 / 1 kg)

5-7 Workdays Article No. 10169

Degree of Roast: Dark Intensity: Mild
Aroma(s) : Nutty, Floral
Article No. 10169
11
Essse Caffè Selezione Essse - Espresso Italiano
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Essse Caffè Selezione Essse - Espresso Italiano
1kg | Whole beans | 09.2025
£22.23 £19.84
(£19.84 / 1 kg)

5-7 Workdays Article No. 10290

Degree of Roast: Medium Intensity: Balanced
Aroma(s) : Nutty, Floral
Article No. 10290
7
Essse Caffe » Selezione Classica « 1kg | Espresso Italiano
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Essse Caffe » Selezione Classica « 1kg | Espresso Italiano
1kg | Whole beans | 06.2025
£21.43 £19.84
(£19.84 / 1 kg)

5-7 Workdays Article No. 10541

Degree of Roast: Dark Intensity: Strong
Aroma(s) : Chocolaty, Malty
Article No. 10541
15
Essse Caffè Selezione Speciale - Espresso Italiano
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Essse Caffè Selezione Speciale - Espresso Italiano
1kg | Whole beans | 05.2025
£20.31 £17.28
(£17.28 / 1 kg)

5-7 Workdays Article No. 10171

Degree of Roast: Dark Intensity: Strong
Aroma(s) : Chocolaty, Nutty
Article No. 10171
Saturno Caffè Miscela Bar Super - Espresso Italiano
espresso-international.co.uk Reviews with ekomi.co.uk
Saturno Caffè Miscela Bar Super - Espresso Italiano
1kg | Whole beans | 01.2025
£23.02
(£23.02 / 1 kg)

5-7 Workdays Article No. 10805

Degree of Roast: Light Intensity: Balanced
Aroma(s) : Chocolaty
Article No. 10805
Saturno 1 Bar Super 250g Dose
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Saturno Caffè Miscela Bar Super - Espresso Italiano
250g | Whole beans | 01.2025
£6.29
(£12.58 / 0.5 kg)

5-7 Workdays Article No. 10807

Degree of Roast: Light Intensity: Balanced
Aroma(s) : Chocolaty
Article No. 10807
Dersut Caffè Plus Oro - Espresso Italiano
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Dersut Caffè Plus Oro - Espresso Italiano
1kg | Whole beans | 09.2025
£19.04
(£19.04 / 1 kg)

5-7 Workdays Article No. 10678

Degree of Roast: Medium Intensity: Balanced
Aroma(s) : Chocolaty, Nutty
Article No. 10678
Jolly Caffe Crema Espresso Coffee
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Jolly Caffe Crema Espresso Coffee
1kg | Whole beans | 02.2026
£22.23
(£22.23 / 1 kg)

5-7 Workdays Article No. 1286

Degree of Roast: Light Intensity: Mild
Aroma(s) : Chocolaty, Floral
Article No. 1286
Jolly Caffe Crema, Espresso
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Jolly Caffe Crema, Espresso
500g | Whole beans | 02.2026
£11.87
(£23.74 / 1 kg)

5-7 Workdays Article No. 1287

Degree of Roast: Light Intensity: Mild
Aroma(s) : Chocolaty, Floral
Article No. 1287
10
NEW
La Genovese Anniversario
espresso-international.co.uk Reviews with ekomi.co.uk
La Genovese Anniversario
1kg | Whole beans | 04.2026
£23.82 £21.43
(£21.43 / 1 kg)

5-7 Workdays Article No. 11043

Degree of Roast: Medium Intensity: Mild
Aroma(s) : Chocolaty, Floral, Fruity
Article No. 11043
Probierset Espresso Italiano Triple
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Tasting pack - Triple Espresso Italiano
3kg | Whole beans
£64.69
(£21.56 / 1 kg)

Unavailable Article No. 10863


Article No. 10863
10
Espresso Italiano DUO Tasting set
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Espresso Italiano DUO Tasting set
2kg | Whole beans
£46.52 £41.82
(£20.91 / 1 kg)

Unavailable Article No. 10618

Degree of Roast: Medium Low acidity: Yes Intensity: Balanced
Article No. 10618
La Genovese Anniversario
espresso-international.co.uk Reviews with ekomi.co.uk
La Genovese Anniversario
3kg | Whole beans | 03.2026
£71.62
(£23.87 / 1 kg)

Unavailable Article No. 10969

Intensity: Mild
Aroma(s) : Chocolaty, Floral, Fruity
Article No. 10969
La Genovese Royal | Espresso Italiano
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La Genovese Caffè Royal - Espresso Italiano
1kg | Whole beans | 04.2026
£20.63
(£20.63 / 1 kg)

Unavailable Article No. 10222

Degree of Roast: Medium Low acidity: Yes Intensity: Balanced
Aroma(s) : Chocolaty, Nutty
Article No. 10222
Di Giampaolo Shamal 250g
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Di Giampaolo Shamal (Espresso Italiano)
250g | Whole beans | 02.2026
£7.09
(£28.36 / 1 kg)

Unavailable Article No. 11008

Degree of Roast: Medium Low acidity: Yes Intensity: Mild
Aroma(s) : Chocolaty, Floral, Fruity
Article No. 11008
Di Giampaolo Libeccio 250g
espresso-international.co.uk Reviews with ekomi.co.uk
Di Giampaolo Espresso Libeccio
250g | Whole beans | 05.2025
£6.29
(£25.16 / 1 kg)

Unavailable Article No. 10550

Degree of Roast: Medium Intensity: Strong
Aroma(s) : Nutty, Malty
Article No. 10550
Saturno Caffè Miscela 1 Bar Caracol - Espresso Italiano
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Saturno Caffè Miscela 1 Bar Caracol - Espresso Italiano
1kg | Whole beans | 01.2025
£23.82
(£23.82 / 1 kg)

Unavailable Article No. 10806

Degree of Roast: Light Intensity: Mild
Aroma(s) : Chocolaty, Nutty, Floral
Article No. 10806

Certified Italian Espresso - Espresso Italiano

Espresso was invented a long time ago in Italy and is now appreciated all over the world. At the root of it are mainly economic interests. However, from the very beginning, there have been people who have passed on their profound knowledge of roasting coffee for espresso from generation to generation. These people want to protect the great heritage of the unique Italian espresso culture.

What exactly does Certified Italian Espresso look like? (description site INEI

"A cup with about 25 millilitres of coffee decorated with a consistent, finely textured cream, hazelnut to dark brown in colour, brought to life by tawny highlights. The aroma should be intense and rich with notes of flowers, fruit, chocolate and toasted bread. In the mouth, the espresso should be full-bodied and velvety, appropriately bitter and never astringent. This is what thousands of consumer tests and dozens of tests with professional tasters have shown. And this is what has been codified in the Certified Italian Espresso conformity profile."


The history of INEI Espresso Italiano

Espresso ItalianoSince 1998, after three years of research aimed at creating and serving the quality expected by espresso drinkers, the Italian Espresso National Institute has been assessing the quality of espresso through sensory certification. This is possible thanks to the International Institute of Coffee Tasters and the Tasters Study Centre, with the collaboration of professors from the Universities of Udine and Turin. The Italian Espresso Institute, which includes roasting companies, coffee machine and grinder manufacturers and other related companies, protects and promotes the culture of quality Italian espresso coffee and cappuccino. To date, the Institute has 34 member companies, with an aggregate turnover of around 700 million euros.

Excellent espresso is not the result of a simple mechanical process, but a product that reflects the passion and know-how of the people who created it. The institute's mission is to explicitly preserve and promote this quality standard. The seal is intended to provide espresso lovers with a reference and benchmark for judging different coffee blends, which often have little to do with real espresso.

 

Standards for evaluating an espresso of the highest quality

Since its foundation, or even well before, INEI's aim has always been to define a particularly good and authentic level of espresso quality. In collaboration with the International Coffee Institute, coffee tasting experts and professors from the Universities of Udine and Turin, as well as thousands of consumer and laboratory tests, the objective and measurable characteristics of a true Italian espresso have been obtained. To achieve the high quality required to obtain this certification, it is necessary to use a qualified coffee blend, qualified processing equipment (grinder-dispensers, coffee machine) and the employment of qualified personnel.

Each espresso is subjected to strict control. Percolation, color, aroma, taste, and persistence are some of the measured values that, according to the opinions of hundreds of professional tasters, must comply with the parameters set by the classic recipe.

Behind each cup is a world of variables that an amateur drinker might overlook, but which are carefully assessed by expert tasters to establish the quality of the Espresso.

It starts with measuring the temperature of the water and the cup, which must be around 88 and 67 degrees respectively. Water pressure, amount of mixture, and percolation time are other very important factors, a good coffee will be ready in 25 seconds.

There are other chemical factors that are taken into account, but what counts above all is the amount of distilled drink: 25 ml.

When consumers see the label "Espresso Italiano", they can be sure that all criteria have been checked and tested. This espresso meets the highest expectations.

Thanks to the efforts of numerous roasters and baristas from all over the world, the culture of Italian espresso is spreading to every city on the globe. If we can enjoy an INEI-certified espresso in Dubai, New York, or perhaps Beijing, it is because behind the scenes there is the work of thousands of passionate people who are committed to promoting and guaranteeing Italian quality in every cup.

Some of our roasters are among the brands that are part of the Institute and they have excellent Espresso Italiano blends, such as Essse Caffè, La Genovese, Schreyögg Alps Coffee, Mokarico, Jolly, Filicori Zecchini.