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How to make shaken coffee

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A good shaken coffee is what you need to quench your thirst in the summer. How to prepare it step by step and the history of the drink.

Shaked coffee is a fresh and foamy drink, to be enjoyed at any time of the day. Shaked coffee is a delicious and refreshing espresso-based drink, very popular in Italy and loved by coffee enthusiasts all over the world. This fresh creation is the result of the ingenious combination of the intense aroma of the espresso and the refreshing touch of the ice, obtaining an irresistible blend for hot summer days or simply for those who want a new taste experience.

You can really always enjoy it, because shaken coffee doesn't necessarily have to be made with "normal" coffee, but it can also be prepared with decaffeinated coffee , to be able to enjoy it even after a spring or summer dinner.

The tools you need to make a shaken coffee are, in addition to the coffee machine or moka: a shaker and a cocktail cup to serve it.

Iced coffee
Iced coffee

Preparation of shaken coffee

  1. Make espresso using a coffee maker or moka pot for 4 people, use a regular or double dose, depending on how strong you want the drink.
  2. Let the coffee cool at room temperature for a couple of minutes and, in the meantime, put 2 martini glasses in the freezer to cool (alternatively you can fill them with ice).
  3. Now fill the shaker with crushed or cubed ice ( 3-4 ice cubes per person will suffice ). Make sure you leave enough room for the espresso and the stirring motion.
  4. Pour the liquid sugar and the cooled espresso into the shaker jar, over the ice. You can adjust the amount of sugar depending on your sweetness preferences .
  5. Make sure the lid of the shaker is tightly closed to prevent spills and shake vigorously for a few seconds . This way, the coffee will mix with the ice, creating a delicious foam.
  6. Pour the contents of the shaker into 2 glasses (unless you want to prepare one dose at a time), filtering it through a fine mesh strainer or helping yourself with a spoon to prevent the ice from falling into the cup as well. The foam will remain on top of the coffee.
  7. The shaken coffee is ready to be served and enjoyed, for decoration you can also add a few coffee beans to the top.
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History of shaken coffee

The history of shaken coffee is closely linked to the tradition and culture of coffee in Italy, particularly in the 1980s and 1990s , when this drink became very popular in Italian cafés.

The practice of churning or "shaking" coffee has no specific origins, but appears to have emerged as an innovative variant of serving iced coffee. In Italy, since the 1950s , it was customary to offer cold coffee in a different way, for example as cold coffee or cream coffee. However, shaken coffee has acquired a special position due to its unique appearance and flavor.

Indeed, during the 1980s and 1990s, Italian baristas began to experiment with new presentations for coffee and new ways to enrich the beverage offer. It was in this context that shaken coffee was born: the idea of ​​combining the intense aroma of espresso with refreshing ice, shaking vigorously to obtain a creamy and inviting foam.

Over time, the shaken coffee gained more and more popularity and became a favorite summer choice for many Italians. The drink quickly spread beyond the Italian borders, becoming one of the icons of the art of Italian coffee.

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