Founded in Friuli in 1943 in north eastern Italy By Bepi Tosolini after he began to distil the drink grappa. Until then all grappa was made crudely by home distillers with the left overs from wine production. It had a terrible reputation for poor quality and was drunk by the extremely poor as an alternative to some of the more expensive ways of enjoying alcohol. Bepi decided to create a quality spirit so set about perfecting the technique. His wife was instrumental to the success of the business and managed the business side of things, allowing for Bepi to travel around Italy and concentrate on selling the product. This eventually made Bepi very successful and by 1973 he had completed a new distillery in Udine in Italy.
The Expre coffee liqueur is made by traditionally roasting a blend of Arabica coffee beans to exact Italian specifications. The beans are then infused in alcohol before being balanced with the addition of sugar. The resulting bitter coffee liqueur has a glorious, long lingering and heavily roasted taste which gives way to a mellow fading mocha aftertaste. You simply have GOT to put this in an espresso martini!