How to Make an Espresso Con Panna

crazy by Editorial Staff | Updated on December 19th, 2022

Are you a coffee lover looking for an indulgent treat? Do you want to learn how to make a classic Italian espresso with a creamy, velvety topping?

Then this post is for you! We’ll show you how to make an espresso con pannHere’s a true barista. So get ready to enjoy your homemade version of this delicious beverage!

Espresso Con Panna

Creating the Perfect Shots of Espresso Topped with Whipped Cream

Although an espresso con Panna only has two ingredients — espresso and whipped cream — it isn’t as simple as it might appear because the shots must be perfect. Here’s how it creates the perfect con Panna.

To make a single, double, or triple con Panna, use one, two, or three espresso shots. Mark each with a dollop or more whipped cream to complete this coffeehouse classic.

Gather the Ingredients

Making an espresso con Panna requires a few basic ingredients. You’ll need freshly ground espresso beans, milk, and heavy cream. You may also choose to sweeten and flavor the drink or other spices. They’ll start; ensure you have all the necessary ingredients before you begin. With the right ingredients, you’ll be able to whip up a creamy and delicious espresso con Panna in no time.

Choose Your Beans

Choosing the right beans for your espresso con Panna is essential. You want to pick a blend with the right flavor, aroma, strength, and body. Look for a strong blend to stand up to the cream and sweet enough to balance the espresso’s bitterness.

Choose a dark roasted bean with subtle notes of cocoa, caramel, and nuts. Opt for a blend with a higher percentage of Robusta beans for a more intense flavor. When it comes to espresso con Panna, you want to ensure your coffee beans are freshly roasted and ground before brewing. This will ensure the best flavor and aroma for your beverage.

Preparation for the perfect shots

The fresher the espresso beans are, the more flavor they’ll have, and the better they’ll yield to great espresso shots. Always grind the beans just before pulling a shot if possible: this will lead to the best crema.

Heat the portafilter handle before pulling the first shot by pulling a blank shot (a shot without the espresso).

Pulling espresso shots

Grind the espresso beans and dose espresso into the portafilter, slightly overfilling it.

Loosen the grounds by hitting the portafilter from the side a few times. After the grounds settle into the portafilter, add more grounds, if necessary, to fill the basket. Once the basket is filled, hit the portafilter on each side a couple more times to settle the grounds again.

On a level surface, rest the bottom of the portafmachine’s tamped lightly on the grounds. Tap the sides of the basket once more to loosen any stuck grounds, and tamp again, this time harder with a quarter of a turn clockwise to seal the espresso grinds.

Now the espresso should be tightly compacted and level. Remove any stray espresso from the rim of the portafilter by rubbing a finger around the rim to ensure a watertight seal forms against the machine.

Now it’s time to pull a shot of espresso (or two shots, depending on the machine). Lock the portafilter into the machine, ensuring a tight seal to prevent water from leaking out of the highly pressured machine.

Press the button on the machine designated for pulling the shot(s), and either wait or time the shot if the machine does not have a built-in timer. The perfect shot is between 18 and 23 seconds. The mark of a great shot is a golden-colored froth that separates on top of the shot — the crema. For the best-tasting con Panna, use shots between 19-21, but shot preferences vary anywhere from 16-26 seconds.

Modifying shot length

Pulling a shot any longer or shorter will result in flavorless shots (too short) or highly bitter shots (too long). The shorter side of the acceptable shot range will result in a sweeter, less intense shot.

If a shot pulls too quickly, use finer grinds and tamp harder. If a shot pulls too long, use coarser grinds and tamp lighter. Remember that many things affect the machine’s pressure, including temperature, humidity, and usage, so pulling shots can vary daily or hour to hour.

After getting the hang of pulling shots, repeat these steps until the desired number of shots have been pulled — one for a single, two for a double, or three for a triple con Panna. Be sure to work quickly to keep the shots tasting their best.

Finishing Touches

Immediately after pulling the desired number of shots (one, two, or three), pour them into a small mug or cup and top with the desired amount of whipped cream. If desired, sprinkle cinnamon, vanilla, or cocoa powder over the whipped cream or drizzle a flavored syrup. Serve the con Panna immediately.

Always be careful not to burn yourself when dealing with espresso. Remember that pulling shots takes practice, but you can enjoy great-tasting con paninis at home with a little time and effort.

Tips for Making a Perfect Espresso with Cream

Making a perfect espresso with cream requires attention to detail and some practice. Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Start with fresh, high-quality espresso beans and prepare the espresso shot according to the instructions.
  • Heat the cream until it’s steaming, but not boiling hot. If you’re using dairy, use full-fat cream for the richest flavor.
  • Combine the espresso and cream in equal parts for a balanced flavor and creamy texture.
  • Use a spoon to gently mix the espresso and cream in circular motions until they are well-combined.
  • Top with a dollop of whipped cream for a luxurious finish.
  • Enjoy your espresso with cream while it’s still hot!

Variations to Try

If you’re looking to mix things up a bit, there are a few variations to the traditional espresso with cream recipe.

For an affogato, you can add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to the espresso and top it with a rich dollop of whipped cream.

For a Red Eye, you can make a strong coffee by adding a shot of espresso to your regular cup of coffee.

If you’re feeling adventurous, try making an espresso martini. This is a combination of espresso, Baileys Irish Cream, and a dash of sugar. For a creamy twist on an old favorite, try our dirty iced chai latte recipe by combining espresso and chai tea.

Finally, try this twist on a childhood favorite with our easy recipe for an espresso milkshake. All you need is freshly brewed espresso, milk, ice cream, and a dash of sugar.


Making espresso with cream is a delicious way to enjoy your morning cup of coffee. Whether you prefer milk, cream, or a combination of both, the result is sure to be a smooth and creamy treat. Don’t forget to experiment with different variations to find the perfect blend. Once you’ve mastered the basics of espresso with cream, you can start exploring this tasty blend’s delicious possibilities. Enjoy!


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