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Recipe – How to make a caffè Corretto

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What is a Caffè Corretto?

Caffè corretto is essentially espresso spiked with alcohol, tipically Grappa. Before it became popular, combining coffee and alcohol wasn’t completely unknown in Italy. But coffee mixed with alcohol sold under the name “caffè corretto” doesn’t enter the Italian mainstream until the second quarter of the 20th century. If you want to know more about espresso coffee, read here.

“Linguistically, the fact that caffè corretto means ‘corrected coffee’ is likely related to the Fascist era,” says historian Dr. Diana Garvin. “When tariffs on coffee went up, it once again became an elite beverage. Rather than go without, people created coffee substitutes using orzo and chicory. One thing that makes these bitter beverages taste better is adding alcohol. My guess is that the phrase ‘correction’ refers to this masking of bad flavor.”

What is the recipe for a Caffè Corretto?

To make a caffè corretto you need to pour pour half oz of grappa (or a liquor of your choice) in a shot of espresso.

How much caffeine is contained in a Caffè Corretto?

Depending on the type of beans you choose and the roasting temperature, the caffeine content in an espresso can range from 80mg to 120mg per single shot.

What do I need to make an Caffè Corretto?

Recipe - How to make a caffè Corretto

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