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Country Walkers Recipes: Marcello’s Bicerin

Country Walkers Guide Marcello Bertino shares his Bicerin recipe in this week’s blog post. 

In Italian bicchiere means “glass,” and in the Piedmontese dialect, bicerin means “little glass.” This traditional recipe is perfect whether shared at home with your family, or enjoyed in a fancy café with good friends during a cold autumn or winter coffee break!

The original bicerin recipe was created in Turin in 1763, and it is an absolute must-try when you travel there. The drink is known to have been enjoyed by Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway supposedly believed the bicerin was one of the top 100 things in the world worth protecting! Was he right? Taste and decide!

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Marcello’s Bicerin

A luxurious warm and creamy coffee drink that is made even more special by seeing the three distinct layers. Don’t stir before drinking.

Makes: 4 servings

Active Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Equipment: 4 glass coffee cups and a double boiler or microwave



½ cup heavy cream

2 tablespoons sugar

½ cup finely chopped dark or milk chocolate

4 cups hot brewed coffee

Cocoa powder or additional melted chocolate for serving



  1. Whisk cream and sugar in medium bowl until thickened but still pourable. Set aside in refrigerator.
  2. Melt chocolate in a double boiler or the microwave stirring frequently until smooth, 1-3 minutes.
  3. To create the first layer, carefully pour the melted chocolate evenly into 4 coffee cups.
  4. To create the second layer, slowly pour coffee over the chocolate.
  5. To create the third layer, gently spoon the reserved cream on top.
  6. If desired, free your fantasy and decorate the top with cocoa powder or use melted chocolate to put the first letter of your guests’ names.

Category: Beverage

Region and Country of Origin: Turin, Italy

Suitable for Diet: Gluten-free and Vegetarian

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