by Danny | 4:58 pm

Ok, look, I’ll just say right from the start…

I’m not sure if I can actually choose a top favorite espresso beverage.

But when I go to coffee shops and am in the mood for an espresso drink, I pretty much order this the most.

Have You Tried my Favorite Espresso Beverage?

So, is it my favorite?

I’ll let you decide.

And, I’ll bet you’ll be really surprised!

It’s probably not at all what you’d expect.

It’s not a latte, cappuccino, mocha, or any other of those ones that have a bunch of milk in it.

I’d guess there’s a pretty good chance you’ve never tried it.

But let’s see…

Here’s What It Is, And Why

My favorite espresso beverage, with an extremely close second, is…

Espresso con panna.

And for those who aren’t savvy in Italian, it means “espresso with cream”.

But it’s just not cream, it’s whipped cream!

This is a wonderful drink that’s also slightly awkward because it’s hard to get espresso and whipped cream to mix well.

But I’ll give you a simple hack to get the whipped cream to mix well in just a moment.

Espresso con panna is my favorite espresso drink because I do love just black espresso, but sometimes it’s just a bit much for my taste.

On the other hand, a latte or cappuccino are both delicious, but are also a bit much in terms of milk!

So maybe I’m just picky.

So not only is espresso con panna a great in between if you want to still be able to get a good “bite” from the espresso, but the sweetness and texture of whipped cream is just so great in contrast to espresso, in my opinion.

If you actually can get the two ingredients to mix together well, it’s just one super tasty combination.

The Hack To Make It Mix Well

First off, one way to make them mix is to just swirl it around like crazy.

But unfortunately even that doesn’t always work so well.

So, the way to get it to mix and get it set it for success is to order it (or make it yourself) with the whipped cream on the bottom!

That way, right from the start the espresso and whipped cream are already starting to blend without having to spend minutes swirling the cup.

So whenever I order this drink, I always try to make sure to say whipped cream on the bottom please!

This of course means that it doesn’t look quite as nice, but for me I’d rather have a drink that’s more drinkable than good-looking.

Especially if it’s just espresso and whipped cream in a small plastic cup.

So if you don’t care so much about how it looks and want something that’s more drinkable, try that when you order it.

My Close Second

It’s actually hard for me to choose my absolute favorite espresso beverage.

I love flat whites, macchiatos, cortados and others.

But my very close second favorite espresso drink is… a cortado. Closely followed by a macchiato.

If you haven’t noticed, I like espresso beverages that don’t have a whole lot of milk or foam.

I can enjoy a latte or cappuccino occasionally, but usually it’s a bit much.

But a cortado or macchiato isn’t nearly as sweet as an espresso con panna.

But I think actually my least favorite one is a cappuccino, I rarely if ever just order one.

So there’s a look into my espresso hierarchy, in case you were wondering.

In Closing

If you’ve never tried this small espresso drink that packs a delicious and slightly sweet punch, I highly recommend you check it out!

And if for some reason you don’t like it, no harm done… right?

You can also make an espresso con panna pretty easily at home!

All you need is an espresso maker, some nice espresso and some whipped cream.

And if you’re worried about the sometimes astronomical cost of an espresso maker, here’s a very reasonably priced one that makes a fine shot of espresso!


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It takes some work to pull a shot, but you’ll be surprised at the quality you get.

You can of course fine whipped cream at any grocery store.

So to make it at home, just prepare the espresso shot to brew/pull, then put some whipped cream at the bottom right before you pull the shot, and pour it on the whipped cream so that you get a nice mix, and viola… you have your own homemade espresso con panna!

I hope you enjoyed this article, and if you have any questions or comments about it please feel free to let me know and I’ll be happy to hear from you.

Espresso con panna cheers!


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