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A marocchino

Marocchino (Caffè Marocchino) is a coffee drink created in Alessandria, Italy.[1] It is served in a small glass and consists of a shot of espresso (sometimes a small shot, or ristretto), cocoa powder and milk froth. In some regions of northern Italy, thick hot cocoa is added.[2][3] In Alba, the home of the Italian chocolate giant Ferrero, Nutella is used. The name Marocchino (Italian for Moroccan) is derived from its colour, as marocchino was a type of light brown leather (see Morocco leather) used in the 1930s to make hair bands.[4]


Preparation methods vary. Generally, the glass cup is first dusted with cocoa powder, then topped with milk froth and espresso, with a second dusting of cocoa on top.

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  1. ^ Young, D. (2009) Coffee Love: 50 Ways to Drink Your Java p.34. John Wiley and Sons. ISBN 0-470-28937-6 Retrieved November 2011
  2. ^ Recipes
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-01. Retrieved 2017-01-30.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Three of the Best Italian Espresso Drinks | Italy Magazine