Caffe Borghetti was originally crafted in 1860 by Ugo Borghetti, in Ancona, Italy. His recipe was a simple mix of coffee and alcohol called Cafe’ Sport, which he sold to travelers on the Pescara-Ancona railroad line. The drink became popular enough that he refined his recipe to include a custom blend of Arabica and Robusta beans. He even designed the original label for the bottles.
Unfortunately, the town of Ancona was severely damaged by a landslide in 1982. However, the liqueur lives on and is still owned in part by Ugo’s great-grandson Roberto. Today, it’s even sold in 1 ounces PET plastic bottles for soccer fans to take along to stadiums. Cafe’ Sport, indeed!
Caffe Borghetti (50 proof)
Visual: Very dark opaque brown.
Nose: Dark roasted espresso coffee.
Taste: Natural and rich coffee flavor with some bitter edges to temper the liqueur’s sweetness. You can really taste the coffee bean essence, which stands out among other coffee-flavored liqueurs on the market.
Finish: As with real espresso, there is a strong, almost smokey finish which has a hearty flavor.
Overall: If I weren’t already a french-press coffee drinker, I’d switch to Caffe Borghetti every morning. This is like fresh brewed boozy espresso. Highly recommended!
GSN Rating: A+
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