Espresso Con Panna (A Delicious Creamy Drink)

If you’re a coffee lover, you’ve likely explored a range of coffee drinks, from classic drip coffee to trendy lattes and cappuccinos.

But have you tried Espresso Con Panna? This Italian coffee beverage may be simple, but it’s a treat for the senses.

Originating from Italy, Espresso Con Panna is a simple yet elegant coffee drink that combines a shot of espresso with a dollop of whipped cream. But don’t be fooled by its simplicity – this drink packs a powerful punch with its bold espresso flavor and velvety texture.

And the best part? You can easily make it at home with just a few simple ingredients, whether you have an espresso machine or not.

In this article, I will dive deep into the World of Espresso Con Panna the origins of this heavenly drink, its taste, how to make it, and some variations you can try to customize your perfect cup.

Espresso Con Panna

What is Espresso Con Panna?

Espresso Con Panna is an Italian coffee drink that translates to “espresso with cream.” As the name suggests, it is a shot of espresso topped with a dollop of whipped cream.

This coffee drink is essentially a variation of the traditional Espresso Macchiato, which is an espresso shot with a small amount of milk foam.

Espresso Con Panna has its roots in Italy, where coffee is an integral part of the culture (As everyone knows!). The term “Espresso Con Panna” is an Italian word that literally means “Espresso with Cream”.

The addition of whipped cream to espresso likely originated in the Viennese coffee houses, where coffee was often served with a simple cream or whipped cream.

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What do you need to prepare Espresso Con Panna?

To prepare Espresso Con Panna, you will need the following ingredients and equipment.

Your favorite coffee beans: The best coffee beans depends on your personal taste preferences. However, a Dark roasted blend of Arabica and Robust coffee beans are preferred as it pairs well with the sweetness of whipped cream.

Whipped Cream: It’s important to select a cream that is high in fat content and has a rich, velvety texture. Heavy whipping cream, which contains at least 30-40% milk fat, is the best option for creating the thick, fluffy whipped cream that sits atop a shot of espresso.

You can buy canned whipped creams from the market but I always recommend whipping your own cream at home.

Canned whipped cream often contains added ingredients, such as preservatives, artificial flavors, and stabilizers, so it’s not as natural as homemade whipped cream. Worse yet, it can have a nasty, metallic taste if it is heavily stabilized and not very fresh.

  • Sugar or Syrups: For a slightly sweeter flavor, you can add a small amount of sugar or Vanilla Extract to the Whipped cream before topping your Espresso. However, it’s important not to add too much sugar, as the whipped cream should complement the espresso without overpowering it.

Espresso Con Panna Recipe

While Espresso Con Panna is often enjoyed in cafes, it's easy to make at home with just a few simple ingredients. In this recipe, we'll show you how to Whip up a perfect cup of Espresso Con Panna.
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Author: Johny Morrisson


  • Espresso machine
  • Whisk
  • Bowl


  • 1 Espresso Shot
  • 2 tbsp Whipped Cream
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla Extract


  • Start with brewing a shot of espresso using your espresso machine.
  • Add the Vanilla Extract, Sugar, and Cream in a bowl. And whisk the mixture until it becomes thick and frothy.
    The best cream to use for Espresso Con Panna is heavy whipping cream, which has a higher fat content that allows it to hold its shape when whipped.
  • Pour the shot of espresso into a shot glass. And spoon dollops of the whipped cream onto the espresso shot. You can use a spoon to shape the cream into a peak for an elegant presentation.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy your delicious creamy Espresso Con Panna.
    You can sprinkle cocoa powder over whipped cream for a luxurious presentation and feel.

Topping Ideas for Espresso Con Panna

While a classic Espresso con Panna is simply a shot of espresso topped with whipped cream, there are several ways to get creative and add some extra flavor and flair to this indulgent coffee drink.

Here are some ideas for topping your Espresso con Panna:

Cocoa Powder – Add a sprinkle of cocoa powder on top of the whipped cream for a rich chocolaty flavor.

Cinnamon – Dust some cinnamon on top of the whipped cream for a warm and comforting flavor.

Nutmeg – Sprinkle some freshly grated nutmeg on top of the whipped cream for a fragrant and slightly sweet flavor.

Hazelnuts – Crush some hazelnuts and sprinkle them on top of the whipped cream for a nutty and crunchy texture.

Topping Ideas for Espresso Con Panna

What does Espresso con Panna taste like?

Espresso Con Panna is a delicious and creamy coffee drink that has a strong espresso flavor with a rich and velvety texture. The whipped cream adds a subtle sweetness to the drink, which perfectly balances out the bitterness of the espresso. The drink has a smooth and silky mouthfeel that leaves a pleasant aftertaste.

In my experience, Espresso Con Panna is a delightful coffee beverage with espresso being the star of the show, providing a bold and robust flavor that is accentuated by the creamy and velvety texture of the whipped cream.

I avoid Sugars but I love to add Vanilla extract to whipped cream as it gives a distinct sweeter taste.

When sipping Espresso Con Panna, you’ll first notice the strong aroma of the espresso, followed by the initial sharp bitterness that gives way to a creamy and smooth finish.

Overall, Espresso Con Panna is an excellent choice for coffee lovers who enjoy a full-bodied, creamy coffee experience.

Don’t have an Espresso machine? Make Coffee Con Panna

If you don’t have an Espresso machine, you can still enjoy this deliciously creamy coffee drink by making Coffee Con Panna. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Brew a cup of strong coffee using your preferred brewing method.
  2. In a bowl, whisk the whipping cream until it becomes thick and frothy.
  3. Add sugar to the whipped cream if you prefer a sweeter taste.
  4. Pour the brewed coffee into a mug.
  5. Spoon a dollop of the whipped cream onto the coffee.
  6. Serve immediately and enjoy your homemade Coffee Con Panna.

One of my favorite brewing methods is using a French press, which creates a strong and full-bodied coffee that pairs perfectly with the creamy topping.

Another option is using a stove-top Moka pot to make espresso-style coffee without an Espresso machine. The key is to use a dark roast coffee that can stand up to the richness of the whipped cream.

Coffee Con Panna

Final Thoughts on Espresso Con Panna

Espresso Con Panna is a delicious and creamy coffee drink that is easy to make at home.

If you love traditional Espresso Macchiato and want to try something new, Espresso Con Panna is a must-try beverage.

So, whether you have an espresso machine or not, give this Italian classic a try and enjoy the rich and velvety taste of Espresso Con Panna.

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What is the difference between Affogato Coffee and espresso con panna?

Affogato Coffee and Espresso con Panna are both delicious coffee-based desserts.
However there is a difference, Affogato is an Italian dessert that typically consists of a scoop of vanilla gelato or ice cream that is “drowned” in a shot of hot espresso.

How many Calories are in a serving of Espresso Con Panna?

The number of calories in a serving of Espresso con Panna can vary depending on the amount and type of Cream used.
Espresso has almost zero calories, and 1 tbsp (15g) of heavy cream has around 50 calories.
The amount of calories in the serving will also increase if you decide to add sugar or syrups to the drink.

Johny Morrisson is a passionate coffee enthusiast and an avid blogger dedicated to exploring the world of coffee.

Whether it's repairing or troubleshooting coffee equipment, reviewing cutting-edge brewing machines, or delving into the latest coffee trends, Johny's writing captivates readers and invites them on a flavorful journey.

When he's not writing, Johny enjoys traveling, seeking inspiration from different cultures and coffee traditions worldwide.