Italians have certain ways of drinking their coffee. It’s different than how we drink coffee here in the states.
Here are some things that might be confusing:
For instance, if you order a “latte” you will get milk.
A bar is a cafe. They drink coffee standing up at a bar. If you sit down you get upcharged for the seat. (The price could double or triple if you sit.) Pay for the coffee before ordering.
Don’t drink cappuccino after noon – or even 11 a.m. At least not if you don’t want to be pegged as a tourist. If you order it, you will probably get it but don’t expect to blend in.
If you order caffe, you will get espresso.
The closest you may come to what we are used to is Caffe Americano – but it may come either with a small pitcher of hot water for you to dilute it yourself or a regular coffee.
What you might not find is cold brew coffee. Some regions have something they call Caffe Shakerato where they dissolve sugar in and then put the hot espresso over ice and shake to quickly cool it. Or you can just get a caffe freddo or iced coffee.
I took a coffee break last week. I went a full week without drinking coffee. The main reason was to see if I would sleep any better without my cold brew. It did not make a difference. What I did that week was drink more tea. I drank green tea, Earl Grey tea, a flavored herbal tea, and a flavored black tea. For a really good collection this winter try this Winter Solstice Loose Leaf Sampler. The box has a handy guide for how long to steep each type of tea.
I also treated myself to this tea infuser for loose tea. Rather than buy a special tea cup that comes with an in-fuser, you can turn all your own mugs and cups into tea infusers.
I am back to making my cold brew but it’s still nice to have a cup of tea in the afternoon or evening.
A researcher at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences published a study that associates regular tea drinking with lower risks of cardiovascular disease. For the study, they tracked over 100,000 adults across 15 provinces in China for more than seven years. The drinkers who had at least three servings of tea a week lived 1.41 years longer than those who didn’t.
Tea drinkers are at about 22% lower risk of dying of heart disease or stroke and 15% less likely to die from other diseases. They also found through a smaller study that those who drank tea over longer periods reduced risk even more. This smaller group was followed for over eight years and those that drank tea more often had a 56% decrease of a chance of stroke or heart disease, and 29% less risk of dying of other illnesses.
Because the polyphenols are not stored long-term in your body, tea should be consumed frequently. The most health benefits are from green tea. Green tea is higher in polyphenols. Black tea loses some polyphenols during the process used to ferment it during production.
This study did not take into account diet or exercise so there may be other factors that could effect this outcome.
When you think of Dippin’ Dots, you don’t normally think about coffee. They are best known for their tiny little dot ice cream. They have a new flavor just out this year. They are available at their store and shopping center locations for only a limited time, unfortunately. Coffee flavored ice cream is great anytime! Also, they do not contain caffeine.
On a side note, the CEO of Dippin’ Dots will appear on Undercover Boss later this month on January 22.