Valle d'Aosta coffee

Have you ever seen that particular wooden cup with spouts in restaurants and homes in the Aosta Valley?

This is the friendship cup which represents one of the most characteristic and sought-after symbols of local craftsmanship and which is used to serve Aosta Valley coffee.

Valdostana coffee - Wooden cup

This coffee is not just a drink, but a tradition rooted in the culture of the Aosta Valley. Its preparation is a ritual that goes beyond the simple mixing of ingredients. It is a celebration of friendship and sharing, symbolized by the “friendship cup”. The cup made of wood, round and decorated with several perforated spouts, always even, is often confused with the "grolla". During a toast "a la ronde", that is, in turns, the cup is passed from hand to hand without ever touching the table, allowing each diner to enjoy their own sip of correct coffee.

For its preparation, Aosta Valley coffee requires a precise combination of ingredients.

Ingredients for 4 people)

  • 4 cup Moka “Premium Moka” Cellini intense aroma and strong body
  • 2 cups of Valle d'Aosta grappa
  • 8 teaspoons of sugar
  • Lemon peel
  • Orange zest


  1. Pour the hot coffee extracted with the moka directly into the cup.
  2. Add the sugar and orange and lemon peels.
  3. Wet the edge of the cup with sugar and then pour in the grappa.
  4. Set the liquid on fire, stirring carefully and letting it burn until the sugar on the edges caramelizes.
  5. Turn off the flame with the lid of the cup and enjoy the correct coffee in company by passing the cup counterclockwise and using the different spouts during the toast "a la ronde".

Aosta Valley coffee, a tangible symbol of sharing, friendship and passion for tradition, is intertwined with the warmth and social bond of this fascinating Alpine region. Try this recipe to experience an authentic piece of Aosta Valley culture, bringing to the table not just a drink, but an authentic and unforgettable experience.