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Summer coffee

It is getting hot in Rome!!!!!!!! As temperatures rise, I do not feel like drinking cappuccinos anymore. In Roman cafés, baristas are beginning to offer caffè freddo (cold coffee), which is just plain cold espresso with sugar. Since I like black coffee hot, I am not really fond of this kind of drink. I prefer iced coffee with milk – a.k.a frappuccino – which I find much more refreshing during hot summer days.

And speaking of frappuccinos, I thought  these were the best iced coffee until  last Summer, during my trip to the Region of Puglia (Apulia) in the south of Italy .  We stayed at this beautiful place named Tenuta Centoporte ( Around the pool, there was a small café, where you could taste regional specialities, such as burrata (a typical Apulian cheese from the town of Andria), and friselle – a sort of round, oven baked, hard bread (similar to a bagel) made of durum wheat, usually topped with diced tomatoes, olive oil and oregano.

One hot day after lunch, the resort’s friendly Apulian barista suggested us  to get a caffè con il latte di mandorla,  espresso coffee with almond milk. It was the most delicious, refreshing thing I could ever tasted last summer.

Here’s the simple recipe.


  • 1 espresso shot
  •  15o ml of almond milk (get the best quality, high concentrated almond milk available)
  • 2 – 3 teaspoons of white sugar (add less if almond milk is already sweetened)
  • Ice cubs

I have a Nespresso machine, which makes excellent coffee (crucial to the end result of this recipe).

A secret to foamy espresso, is to add sugar before pouring coffee into the cup.

Pour espresso into a regular size glass (about 250 ml. capacity), add ice cubes, and almond milk. Serve


10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Those look so refreshing. I love my espresso straight up, but could still do one of those freddos.

    June 21, 2011
    • Almond milk gives a kick to this freddo!! I am usually a purist, but this was really refreshing!

      June 21, 2011
  2. First off, I’m sooo jealous of where you live!! And now this drink..I’ve been wanting to make some iced coffee as it’s getting very hot here now too and I love this addition with the almond milk. I have all the ingredients so I’m definitely going to make a cup tonight!

    June 24, 2011
    • I am very glad you like it!! You can also add grinded ice if you like, and it will even be more refreshing!!!

      June 26, 2011
  3. that looks great id love to be in rome right now, england is too cold!!

    July 13, 2011
    • And I’d love to be in London – despite its cold weather!!

      July 13, 2011
  4. accordingtocarey #

    That looks really yummy and refreshing!!

    August 29, 2011

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