About Happy Donkey Italian coffee beans

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All images shown in the links above were shot using an Iberital L'anna hand fill machine, an Iberital MC2 grinder and Happy Donkey Classic Italian Coffee Beans.

Customer Feedback:

"Anyway, there can be no doubt your Italian blend is just *sexual*. I've never had coffee this fresh .. or this good. Even in Spain or Italy."
"Have tried lots of other beans but keep coming back to these. Get a lovely rich shot with perfect balance between smooth/caramel and acidic/woody tastes, and the crema is always off the charts"
"This coffee is better than the other brand we've been using, and it's cheaper"
"wow thanks for the coffee it works a treat in my Gaggia i'm very happy now, will be in touch"
"our customers love it"
"It's really good, i'm selling more now and am getting more regular customers every day"
"you were right it is really good, we haven't had a single complaint since we started using it"
"just a note to say thank you so much for this fantastic coffee, it's exactly what I was looking for"
"just want to thank you for a speedy delivery of my classiic italian coffee beans which taste fantastic from my rancilio machine i will get these again for sure thank you"
"I am just mailing to say thank you for your advice, this coffee pours so well I did not believe that beans in this price range could taste so good, your prompt delivery and high levels of customer service are to be applauded, you will be hearing from us again, for all the right reasons !"

Last but not least from a very famous venue with which we have a confidentiality agreement in place:

"Many thanks for the coffee, our customers took to it straight away and have commented on the great aroma, as you may recall from our conversation we were previously using elite blends in our prestige bar, we have now decided to use this blend instead."


Italian coffee beans.

Many say that the best Italian Coffee Beans to use are those blends composed from beans of several different origins as opposed to just a couple. We agree with that statement and we spent a long time getting the blend for our Classic Italian beans exactly right.

The requirement was for a full bodied blend with a  pleasant after taste, an easy to use and satisfying rounded flavour.

A coffee that was easy to work with, after all let's face it, as much as we would all love to have the time to spend getting absolute perfection from our machines by adjusting the grind according to humidity and temperature levels, it is not always practical, so it's excellent to have a blend which can still taste great and deliver a fantastic shot if the variables are not 100% correct.

It is nice and often preferable to be able to work with a coffee that is not over demanding, ever find yourself constantly adjusting your grinder to get a decent result? You will not get that with the Classic Italian blend.

This is a coffee blend which always returns a great shot of espresso and a fantastic Crema layer, one  that had forgiving qualities that one could comfortably drink at any given time of the day.

Happy Donkey Classic Italian will work well with any machine be it domestic or commercial.

Supplied in 250G bags, no matter how much you buy so that you don't have to open a full Kilo bag, that's very advantageous because it means less is exposed to air, coffee beans have oils which evaporate at room temperature, so in an ideal world, it is best to only grind what you believe you will be using in the next 3 hours or so. Once opened, always keep in a sealed container placed in the fridge to help keep them fresh.


Initial research revealed that we needed to get a good blend and a mixture of both Arabica beans and Robusta. Arabica beans are typically smooth in taste, whilst Robusta beans are renowned for their high caffeine content.

Cheap Robusta can produce a harsh taste once extracted, so care had to be taken to choose the correct type, one which would compliment the Arabica and combine to create a satisfying taste without over taking or hindering the tones and smooth flavour that the we knew the Arabica was capable of.

The Arabica used is grown in South America, whilst the Robusta is grown in Africa. Typically Arabica beans are grown at higher altitudes than Robusta beans and are considered to give a better flavour.

The Arabica plant is a deep rooted plant and it is self pollinating, Arabica is found in small bushes taking around 8 months to grow to maturity, Arabica beans yield less beans per square foot in comparison to Robusta and are consequently more expensive.

Robusta Beans grow on a small tree which can measure as high as 10 Metres tall, these plants have a shallow and rounded root system and are typically grown in Africa and south east Asia.

Try Our Coffee.

Thank you for reading this article, we hope you have all the information you need, to try some please go to the coffee section of our online shop.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us and we will do our best to help you.

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About Italian Coffee Drinking Culture.

The coffee shops we see today in the UK high streets and beyond are all, it is fair to say, direct descendants of the shops in Italy which first emerged in the middle of the sixteenth century. Most of these could at first, be found in and around the region of Venice.

These shops were largely occupied by academics and professionals looking for a tasty drink and something nice to eat. Initially coffee was consumed without milk (AKA Cafe Americano), the strong and largely Robusta based beverage proved to be too strong for many and so came the inevitable addition of foamed milk and the drink commonly known today as a cappuccino.

Even today it is estimated that in Italy around 60% of all coffee is served as a straight espresso as opposed to a latte or cappuccino with most people starting their day with a double shot, known as a Caffè Doppio, on their way to work. Another popular way to drink shots in Italy is as a Ristretto, this is basically a very long run, short volume shot known as a Caffè Stretto.