Bicerin

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Bicerin
Bicerin.jpg
TypeChocolate beverage
Country of originItaly
Region of originPiedmont
IngredientsEspresso, drinking chocolate, milk

Bicerin (Piedmontese pronunciation: [bitʃeˈriŋ]) is a traditional hot drink native to Turin, Italy, made of espresso, drinking chocolate, and milk served layered in a small glass.[1]

Origin[edit]

Caffè al Bicerin, a historic coffeehouse of Turin which traditionally serves bicerin
Another variant of this beverage in Turin

The word bicerin is Piedmontese for "small glass" and is the equivalent of Italian bicchierini (diminutive of bicchiere, or “glass").

This coffee beverage has existed since the 18th century and was praised by Alexandre Dumas in 1852. It is believed to be based on the 17th century drink bavarèisa ("Bavarian"): the key distinction is that in a bicerin the three components are carefully layered in the glass rather than being mixed together.

Caffè al Bicerin, sits across from the Santuario della Consolata, a historic coffeehouse in Turino’s piazza della Consolata, has been serving the drink since the 18th century. Local lore suggests that Bicerin was invented at Caffė al Bicerin or at Caffė Fiorio around 1704.

Liqueur[edit]

The Vicenzi Family Distillery in Turin also produces a chocolate hazelnut liqueur under this name.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bowen, Dana (8 February 2006). "Why Settle for Gold in Turin? The Real Prize Is a Darker Delight" – via www.nytimes.com.
  2. ^ http://www.distillerievincenzi.com/bicerin/?lang=en

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