The “great” Italian
If you need a special caffeine kick in the morning or after a strenuous day at work and you are a fan of Italian coffee enjoyment, you have come to the right place with the Caffè Doppio. Here you get a double portion of a good espresso delivered. So let’s take a look at what this type of coffee is all about and how it is properly prepared.
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Double the espresso pleasure
Doppio means something like “double” in Italian and therefore a Caffè Doppio is simply a double espresso. After all, in Italy you get an espresso served when you order a coffee at the bar. Since the Italians are very particular about their coffee enjoyment, there is not just one coffee, but many different variants.
For example, if someone from the south is in the mood for a longer cup of coffee, they can either order a Caffè Lungo or a Caffè Doppio. While the first variant simply prepares the same amount of coffee powder with more water, the Caffè Doppio guarantees intensive caffeine and cream enjoyment of a good espresso – just a little more of it.
The correct preparation of a Caffè Doppio
The Caffè Doppio is prepared like a normal espresso in an espresso machine, but instead of 25 ml of water you take 50 ml and the amount of coffee powder doubles from 7 g to 14 g, because otherwise it would be a Caffè Lungo! Sometimes, however, the gastronomy cheats and simply serves an “extended espresso”.
The Caffè Doppio is served in a large cup, just like you would for a cappuccino. If the cup is also warmed up and a creamy foam on the espresso, nothing stands in the way of perfect espresso enjoyment. While an espresso contains an average of 33.25 mg of caffeine per cup, a Caffè Doppio contains twice the amount of caffeine – around 66.5 mg – and is a real pick-me-up!
You can also prepare a delicious Caffè Doppio at home. However, you should already own a good fully automatic coffee machine. Or would you prefer a portafilter machine? Let’s take a closer look at both devices.
Fully automatic coffee machine versus portafilter machine
Fully automatic coffee machines are true all-rounders and conjure up numerous coffee specialties at the push of a button, including an aromatic Caffè Doppio. If you choose a high-quality machine and prepare your coffee with the right ingredients, this option also meets high quality standards. It also guarantees that you can choose between numerous coffee variants and thus offer the right thing for every taste.
However, you should think twice about buying fully automatic coffee machines with coffee capsules or pads. These can quickly become a cost trap. On the one hand, you commit yourself to one manufacturer and have to buy their mostly very expensive products. The free choice between the best beans from the nearest micro roasting facility is denied. On the other hand, capsules in particular produce a lot of waste that doesn’t have to be. In terms of taste, the results are now quite good, but real coffee lovers continue to swear by their ritual of coffee preparation and do not miss the fresh grinding of the coffee beans.
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Perfect coffee enjoyment with a portafilter machine
If you value really high-quality espresso enjoyment, you will not be able to avoid a portafilter machine. However, the investment in this relatively expensive machine is only worthwhile for real heavy drinkers. In addition to the high price, it also has disadvantages compared to fully automatic coffee machines with its large space requirement and some effort in coffee preparation.
However, fans are not put off by this and swear by the coffee, which is only in contact with the coffee powder for a short time because the water is pressed through the coffee powder with a lot of pressure. This means that the espresso not only remains as free of bitter substances as possible, but also gets its typical crema, which simply doesn’t work so well with a fully automatic coffee machine. With portafilter machines from La Marzocco or Sage, you can bring that professional barista feeling into your kitchen.
While the coffee machine usually has an option for the Caffè Doppio, with the portafilter machine you simply take a portafilter for two servings of espresso and let it run into a large cup with a double spout instead of dividing it over two cups.
However, the use of a portafilter machine has to be learned. The correct amount of coffee powder, which is mostly freshly ground from the integrated grinder, must first be filled into the portafilter and then pressed with the tamper. The coffee powder must not be pressed too hard or too lightly, because this is the only way to guarantee the correct processing time of approx. 20 seconds and thus perfect espresso enjoyment. With integrated steam nozzles, milk can now also be frothed and a coffee macchiato or cappuccino can be created with the espresso or coffee doppio.
The right bean for the Caffè Doppio
The prerequisite for first-class coffee enjoyment is not only a high-quality coffee machine, but also a correspondingly good coffee powder. For an espresso or Caffè Doppio, it is roasted particularly vigorously in order to conjure up the typical aroma variety of espresso. The fresher the roast, the better the coffee tastes. Real coffee lovers therefore regularly buy freshly roasted coffee beans in one of the many roasting houses and grind their coffee beans freshly before brewing them yourself. This is the only way to get the full aroma that you are used to from your holiday in Italy or from your favorite barista around the corner.
Variations of the Caffè Doppio for more variety
In addition to pure enjoyment in the classic way, the Caffè Doppio can also be used as a basis for delicious variations. So it can be “stained” with milk or milk foam, as the Italians so beautifully say with their “macchiato”. The Caffè Doppio is also suitable for a real cappuccino with a double effect. In summer, you can also “sink” ice cream scoops into it and thus provide delicious refreshment. A “Shakerato”, in which the double espresso is shaken vigorously with a little sugar and ice cubes, is also a cool treat for purists and anyone on a diet. This creates a creamy, ice-cold coffee pleasure that is ideal for hot afternoons.
The Caffè Doppio offers double the espresso pleasure and can be refined according to your mood. All you need for first-class enjoyment are:
- a good fully automatic coffee machine or a portafilter machine
- 14 g high quality coffee powder for espresso
- 50 ml of water
- and about 20 seconds of time.