What is a Doppio con panna?

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A Doppio Con Panna is just a fancy name for a double shot of espresso with whipped cream on top. It’s a simple coffee drink that combines strong espresso with the smooth taste of cream.

The Italian word “doppio” means “double,” which means two shots of espresso. The Italian word “con panna” means “with cream.” When talking about this drink, though, “panna” means whipped cream, which is put on top of the espresso shots to make them rich and creamy.

Key Takeaways:

  • Often referred to as a double espresso with whip (whipped cream)
  • In France and the United Kingdom, it’s called café Viennois
  • A single shot of espresso with whipped cream is called a solo con panna
  • Commonly served in a demitasse cup
  • Commonly served as an after-dinner dessert espresso drink
Doppio Con Panna
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Understanding the Doppio Con Panna

Espresso con panna is a classic coffee drink that is enjoyed all over the world. It’s made by topping off a double espresso with a generous dollop of fresh whipped heavy cream.

What Does Doppio Con Panna Taste Like?

Imagine taking a sip of strong, dark coffee and then getting a hit of sweet, light cream. That’s what you get with a Doppio Con Panna. The whipped cream cuts through the bitterness of the espresso, making it a treat if you like your coffee with a bit of creaminess.

How Do You Serve a Doppio Con Panna?

You’ll usually get this drink in a small cup (demitasse cup), sometimes with a spoon. The spoon is there so you can mix the cream in with the coffee if you want. It’s often served after dinner because it’s like a coffee and dessert rolled into one.

Is Doppio Con Panna Popular?

Yes, it’s pretty popular. It started off in Europe, but now you can find Doppio Con Panna in lots of coffee shops in the U.S. too. If you’re at a place like Starbucks and forget what it’s called, just ask for a double espresso with whipped cream.

Note: In the West, we often shorten the word “whipped cream” to “whip.” For example, when you order a mocha with whipped cream at a Starbucks, you’d ask for a “mocha with whip.”

What Are Some Other Names for It?

This drink goes by different names in different parts of the world. People in the UK and France call it a “café viennois.

Around the world, this drink has different names. In the UK or France, they call it a “café viennois.” In Australia 🦘, something similar is a “café vienna,” and in Austria it’s called a “café viennese.” In the U.S., however, you can just say “espresso with whip” and they’ll get it

  • Café Viennois (UK & France)
  • Café Viennese (Austria ⛰️)
  • Café Vienna (Australia 🦘)
  • Espresso con Panna (US)
  • Espresso with Whip (US)


How Do You Pronounce Doppio Con Panna?

The way to say “Doppio Con Panna” in Italian is “DOHP-peeoh cohn PAHN-nah.” Break the phrase up into syllables: “DOHP-peeoh,” where “DOHP” sounds like “hope” and “peeoh” sounds like “P.O.” It’s said as “cohn PAHN-nah,” where “cohn” sounds like “cone” and “PAHN-nah” sounds like “banana.”

How Many Calories Are in a Doppio Con Panna?

A Doppio Con Panna, like the ones you can get at Starbucks, usually has about 35 calories. About 63% of these calories come from the fats in the whipped cream. The other 38% come from the carbs this cream contains. Of all the specialty coffee drinks, this one is the lighter choice because it has fewer calories.

How Much Caffeine Is in a Doppio Con Panna?

The two espresso shots that make up the base of a standard Doppio Con Panna give it about 126 milligrams of caffeine. With about 63 milligrams of caffeine in each shot, the Doppio Con Panna is a high-caffeine choice for coffee drinkers who want to get a boost of energy.

How Do I Order a Doppio Con Panna at Starbucks?

If you want to order a Doppio Con Panna at Starbucks, just say “double espresso con panna” or “double espresso with whipped cream on top.” This order tells the barista to make a rich double espresso with whipped cream on top. The whipped cream will add a creamy texture to the strong coffee.

Is Espresso Con Panna Keto-Friendly?

Yes, a Espresso Con Panna is keto-friendly because the whipped cream only has 2.5 net grams of carbs. Because it has so few carbs, it can be a good choice for people on the ketogenic diet who want to enjoy a creamy coffee treat without eating too many sugars or carbs.

Is an Espresso Con Panna Healthy?

An Espresso Con Panna is a pretty healthy coffee drink. It has 30 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 75 milligrams of caffeine, and 1 gram of sugar. The few calories and low amount of sugar in it make it a healthy treat that you can enjoy once in a while.

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With over two decades in the coffee industry, Kelsey is a seasoned professional barista with roots in Seattle and Santa Barbara. Accredited by The Coffee Association of America and a member of The Baristas Guild, he combines practical expertise with a profound understanding of coffee's history and cultural significance. Kelsey tries his best to balance family time with blogging time and fails miserably.