It’s with a heavy heart that I bid a fond farewell to a new-found summer friend.
The Caffè Shakerato has been my drink of choice lately, but is meant for long, hot afternoons rather than our current autumn weather.
Not quite a frappé, and certainly not an iced coffee, the Caffè Shakerato is made from espresso coffee, sugar and ice cubes shaken vigorously to create a chilled coffee with a frothy crema.
The Shakerato has been popular in Italy for a few years but I had trouble finding one in Sydney. There’s a smattering of newish inner-city cafes offering it, but the three old-style Italian cafes I visited had never heard the term and, judging by their baristas’ shrugs of indifference, weren’t in a hurry to embrace it.
Keen to make one myself, I needed to ramp up the sultry atmosphere to accompany all the grinding and shaking.
I remembered a novelty coffee tune with an uptempo beat and absurd lyrics that I first heard decades ago and had stubbornly stayed with me.
The Coffee Song was first sung by Frank Sinatra in 1946 and seemed perfect for exercising my samba legs. Also known as They’ve Got an Awful lot of Coffee in Brazil, it lampoons Brazil’s coffee glut and the inventive ways the Brazilians found to consume it. It starts off …
Way down among Brazilians
Coffee beans grow by the billions
So they’ve got to find those extra cups to fill
They’ve got an awful lot of coffee in Brazil
You can’t get cherry soda
’cause they’ve got to fill that quota
And the way things are I’ll bet they never will
They’ve got a zillion tons of coffee in Brazil
… and The Coffee Song gets even nuttier further along, ending with signor Sinatra attempting an indistinguishable foreign accent. I couldn’t help thinking he had an awful lot of Spanglish in his words.
For a Caffè Shakerato, you’ll need:
. 1 espresso coffee – hot
. 1/2 tsp caster sugar (or sugar syrup)
. 6 small ice cubes
~Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker for about 30 seconds until ice is almost ~melted. Strain into a statement glass. (You could add a dash of liqueur too).
This now completes my list of summer coffee favourites including the affogato and granita di caffè con panna (with cream on top).
Here’s a full version of the tune (which was later covered by Sam Cooke and The Andrews Sisters among others: The Coffee Song/They’ve Got an Awful lot of Coffee in Brazil
Any other sightings of the Shakerato are welcome.