Coffee & Christmas: everything you need to know

Do you love coffee and think you know everything about Christmas and its traditional fairy tales? Here are some things you might not know about Coffee and Christmas!

Before starting: the Cellini Caffè Christmas Playlist

Before diving into our story we want to make sure there is the right Christmas atmosphere. Discover our Christmas playlist "Coffee Christmas Melodies" , start it and enjoy reading!

What will you find in our playlist?

1. “All I want for Christmas is you” by Mariah Carey
2. “Last Christmas” by Wham
3. “Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!” by B. Swanson Quartet and Frank Sinatra
4. “It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas” by Michael Bublé
5. “Santa tell me” by Ariana Grande
6. “Happy Xmas (War is over)” by John Lennon and Yoko Ono
7. “Santa Claus is coming to town” by Michael Bublé
8. “Feliz Navidad” by José Feliciano
9. “Mistletoe” by Justin Bieber
10. “Holly Jolly Christmas” by Michael Bublé

Let's start with tradition

Among the Northern European landscapes, in the cold Scandinavian lands and the vast expanses of Russia, the indissoluble union between Christmas and coffee manifests itself as a timeless ritual. The roots of this tradition lie in the 19th century , an era in which coffee represented a luxury and was known as "Black Gold" due to its prized rarity.

During the Victorian era, coffee then took on an important role as the Christmas drink par excellence and families gathered to roast it all together!

Moving on to the present day in Greenland there is a tradition called "Kaffemik", with impromptu meetings around coffee, an alternative to the conventional Christmas dinner .

Even in Italy, there is a tradition that combines Christmas and coffee. This is the famous Neapolitan tradition of suspended coffee.
Born in the cafes frequented by the working class, it is still in vogue today thanks to its authenticity and direct connection with the human values ​​of sharing and solidarity. By ordering a suspended coffee, you pay the price of two coffees but only receive one, giving anyone the opportunity, in a moment of need, to request a coffee without having to pay for it.

And what do fairy tales tell?

Have you ever found the monster Krampus, the well-known antagonist of Santa Claus, in Christmas fairy tales? Legend has it that the spirit of this character is closed and grumpy and is very reminiscent of that of people who run out of coffee during the holiday weekend.

Another legend tells a curiosity about the reindeer who receive a cup of milky coffee as a gift from children on Christmas night. Legend has it that coffee is the secret magical ingredient that helps them fly on Christmas Eve! A touch of magic that makes coffee the protagonist also in the world of Santa Claus' reindeer.

Finally, according to a Christmas legend, Santa Claus's favorite way to accompany his plate of biscuits is with a large glass of eggnog . But what is it exactly?

Eggnog: Santa's Christmas drink

The history of Eggnog is shrouded in mystery and tradition, and its evolution over the centuries has led to different versions of this drink in different parts of the world . Not particularly well known in Europe, it represents the traditional drink for the Christmas holidays in the United States of America . Its preparation is surprisingly simple, requiring an alcohol of your choice, egg yolk, sugar, milk and a selection of spices.

The mysterious allure of this recipe is largely attributable to its supposed relationship with a medieval English drink called "Posset." This hot drink, made from wine or beer mixed with milk or eggs, appears to be the ancestor of Eggnog. Over time and with the arrival in the English colonies of the New World, Eggnog underwent cultural variations and adapted to the local products available.
The introduction of rum, instead of wine or beer, was a natural choice in America at the time, given its diffusion and convenience (Eggnog can be prepared with any spirit, from brandy to cognac to tequila) .

Coffee Eggnog Christmas recipe

Using Cellini Aluminum Delizioso capsules compatible with Nespresso ®* machines , you can prepare your own special version of coffee Eggnog .

In this variant, Brandy and Rum blend in an explosive symphony with coffee and nutmeg, giving an out-of-the-ordinary taste experience for your Christmas celebrations.


  • 4 cups of Delizioso Lungo coffee
  • 3 eggs
  • Sugar to taste
  • Whole milk to taste
  • Brandy to taste
  • Rum to taste
  • Nutmeg to taste
  • Fresh liquid cream to taste


- Beat the eggs with half a cup of sugar, adding a cup of hot milk to create a velvety cream.
- Gently heat the cream in a bain-marie and pass it through a sieve, collecting it in a bowl.
- Mix the cream obtained with brandy, rum and a long coffee.
- Pour the mixture into glasses and complete the work with lightly beaten fresh cream and a grated nutmeg.