For the lucky ones travelling to Italy in the coming months, we found a guide to Italy’s coffee culture. Italians take their coffee very seriously; it is an art. Here are a few directions if you don’t want to be taken for a tourist.
-Un caffè is a single espresso in Italian. Espresso is just a technical term, not an everyday one. Order carefully.
-Any milky form of coffee is only allowed in the morning, and never after a meal. If you must, apologize to the barman or waiter.
-There are very few choices with Italian coffee, so do not expect a Starbucks menu. There are, however, regional variations throughout Italy. For example, in Naples you may order un caffè alla nocciola – a frothy espresso with hazelnut cream. Additionally, you can impress the local in Milan by ordering a marocchino – an upside-down cappuccino, service in a small glass which is first sprinkled with cocoa powder, then hit with a blob of frothed milk, then spiked with a shot of espresso.
-Do not sit at the bar and sip your caffè. Italians often stand at the bar and down their caffè in one standing.
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