Italian coffee is most always referred to “espresso”.
The word comes from the fact that the coffee is brewed quickly. Espresso roast varies from region to region. In general, when buying espresso beans or ground, you should look for a brown color, the beans should be relatively dry. Also, when you order an espresso in Italy you simply ask for a “caffè”.
We’ve seen espresso roasts that are very dark or even lack and very oily and we avoid those. Here’s an assortment of Italian espresso in beans or already ground.