Italian vs. Sicilian vs. Roman Coffee

Coffee is one of the most flexible beverages out there. There are tons of different ways to make it, different flavors you can use, and added ingredients you can mix in. Many types of coffee share a lot of similarities, but there are three that venture outside the box: Italian coffee, Sicilian coffee, and Roman coffee. Unlike other types of coffee, these three differ from each other in a lot of ways. Learn more about the different types of coffee, their similarities, and their differences below!

The Few Similarities

Italian, Sicilian and Roman coffee may be different from each other, but they do share a few common ingredients. The first – and undoubtedly the most obvious – similarity is the fact that all three of them are made with coffee. How could you have guessed that one? The three types of coffee only share one other ingredient, and this one isn’t as evident. All three of these coffees are made with whipped cream on top of them. They do all have liquor in them as well, but not the same kinds.

The Differences

One of the most glaring differences between Italian, Sicilian, and Roman coffee is the type of liquor that is mixed into the coffee. In fact, this is most likely how the three types of coffee distinguish themselves from each other! 

Italian and Sicilian coffee both contain a type of liquor called amaretto. It’s a sweet Italian liquor that first originated deep within the heartland of the country. Overall, it’s flavor is reminiscent of that of almonds, but the ingredients that give them that flavor vary by bottle. They can either be made with actual almonds, apricot kernels or peach stones. All of these ingredients give the liquor its flavor, and have turned it into a staple of these two types of coffee. The key difference between Italian and Siclian coffee is that Italian coffee also adds Kahlúa to the mix.

Roman coffee steers in an entirely different direction with the liquor it’s made with. It uses a type of liquor called sambuca, which is an Italian liquor that has a self-described “anise” flavor. If you don’t know what that is, think of the flavor of licorice, but slightly spicier and sweeter.

Dessert Coffee at Mare Oyster Bar

Looking to explore the difference between Italian, Sicilian and Roman coffee for yourself? Mare Oyster Bar can help! We carry all three of the types of coffee on our extensive dessert menu. We also offer a delicious selection of gourmet seafood and crudo options that are among the best in Boston’s North End. To experience these wonderful flavors for yourself, make a reservation with us today!