Caffè del Marinaio

Sailor’s Coffee or, as I prefer, Coffee of the Sailors, harkens back to an old Italian maritime tradition. Invented for those cold days at sea, hot coffee, rum, sambuca, and a coffee liqueur are a combination guaranteed to warm your cockles! One sip of this and you can well-imagine Italian fishermen preparing this onboard their boats. Adding a spirit of their choice to their freshly brewed coffee made even the coldest days bearable.

Best served piping hot, this is an excellent after-dinner digestive and is also a great way to warm your belly on a cold, rainy day.

The Recipe: Caffè del Marinaio

Prep Time: 1 minute
Cooking Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes


Moka pot
Espresso cup


Coffee brewed in a Moka pot
Sugar to taste
1 teaspoon rum (whichever is your favorite)
1 teaspoon Sambuca (any anisette flavored liqueur will do)
1 teaspoon Caffè Sport Borghetti (Kahlua is a good substitute)


This couldn’t be simpler! Make the coffee in the Moka pot and fill about half the cup. Sweeten to your tasted preference. Add the alcohols and stir well. Add more booze if you like a little more “kick” in your cup.

Serve hot


Don’t be a stickler on the ingredients… you can use regular brewed coffee and substitute whatever alcohols work for you.


I am Tim Bruno, a former Kona coffee farmer promoting the soon to be released Procaffeination: A Coffee Lover’s Dictionary and several other coffee-related products. I will soon be adding a YouTube channel to my efforts. Stay tuned!