How Italians do Coffee

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.

Here are some sites to find out more:
TripSavvy
WalksOfItaly

A Coffee Break

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.