Italian Coffee Recpe (Bicerin)

Coffee and chocolate together in a classic drink from Torin, Italy often referred to as Bicerin or Italian Coffee. You’ll love the creamy chocolate paired with the strong coffee. Add a bit of rum or Bailey’s for a fun “adult” upgrade!

We have quite the coffee recipe collection here on NellieBellie. We think that the term coffee snobs was coined for us. Although, being MN girls you have to find every. single. way. possible of staying warm. One of our fave ways is making this Italian coffee (also called Bicerin)!

Today we bring you yet another delicious coffee recipe, Bicerin.

This recipe is so decadent and rich it needs to be your Christmas Eve treat. Your soul will sing, your taste buds will dance, and your heart will be a bit happier.

If you are going to make and drink this please use good products, so this is the place to try the fabulous chocolate, the full-fat cream, and the new blend of coffee you’ve wanted to get! Serve this for dinner guests as dessert in the winter months or for a special treat on date night. Either way, try out this recipe because the Italians sure have gotten this coffee thing right!

A fantastic italian coffee recipe (also known as Bicerin). Easy to make and oh so decadent! |

Side note: we make recipes 2 or 3 times before putting them on the site to make sure they are repeatable, easy, all that stuff. By the 3rd time we don’t want to drink another coffee drink. Well, we want to but we shouldn’t. So, we brought the 3rd one to our neighbor.

His response?

“OH… MY. GOSH.!!” The response came with the full on milk mustache, true story.

Yep, we agree!

What’s the best way to brew your coffee for a Bicerin?

We think it’s all about preference, but we’ve created a pro/con list of options for you so you can get an idea of what method you might prefer.

We have a Facebook Live with full instructions on making this drink. Here is a behind the scenes view of that…


A fantastic italian coffee recipe (also known as Bicerin). Easy to make and oh so decadent! |

Italian Coffee Recipe (also known as Bicerin)

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  • 1/2 cup strong coffee
  • 1/2 cup hot chocolate
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • Chocolate shavings optional
Check out our Kitchen Reference Guide for help with unfamiliar terms.


  • Put a mason jar in the freezer (this is for making the cream topping. If you’d rather use whipped cream, skip this step).
  • Make a pot of strong coffee.
  • While the coffee is brewing, make yourself a batch of hot chocolate. We recommend something homemade and creamy, but any hot chocolate will work.
  • Pour your hot chocolate into the bottom 1/3rd of your mug.
  • Pour your coffee over the back of a spoon into the mug, filling to 2/3rds full.
  • Put your heavy cream into the chilled mason jar and close.
  • Shake until the cream thickens slightly.
  • Pour cream over the back of a spoon, filling the mug completely.
  • Top with chocolate shavings.


Other coffee recipes to try:

the BEST Irish Coffee : The easiest Irish coffee recipe! Make this at home anytime of the year.

easy mexican coffee recipe is a delicious coffee treat to make at home!

delicious Mexican Coffee: Full of warm cinnamon and chocolate, this is a favorite in our house!

Coconut milk Caribbean coffee is a great beverage for people who are watching their lactose and soy intake, and is a delicious beverage! It's great with and without alcohol!

Boozy Coconut Coffee: Made with coconut milk, this latte is perfect for those that can’t tolerate milk. Or anyone, for that matter…so good!

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18 thoughts on “Italian Coffee Recpe (Bicerin)”

  1. Because it makes it go into the glass without a big splash and not mixing up with the other layers :). Tricky, tricky.

  2. Just curious as to why you pour everything over the back of a spoon? Looking forward to trying this as an after dinner drink tonight!

  3. Sasha @ Just Coffee Maker

    4 stars
    Tried it a few times, nice little drink for the start of the day!

  4. Gwen, it does stink when you can’t find good coffee! I know you can get Caribou online…and several other great brands. And thanks! This is one of our favorites, though it’s really not that great for you so we don’t make it that often :)

  5. Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamily

    Ughhhhh! I wish we had a good source for real coffee around here! Maybe there is and I just haven’t found it yet. Do you think I can order these brands on Amazon? Frieking gorgeous cup o’ joe btw!!!

  6. We’re sad for you…our sister goes to college over there and has the same sadness :( But this drink will make you forget for a bit. Really! It is that good.

  7. I’m jealous of your Caribou :(
    I live in WI 1/2 way between Milwaukee and Madison and they closed them all here. They gave us a few Peet’s, but they don’t even compare.

    Totally trying this coffee tomorrow though!!!

  8. I just tried and reviewed this recipe! I thought it was delicious! Check my website to see what I thought of it. Bravo to you girls, you got yourselves a very enthusiastic fan ^^

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