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What kind of coffee do I order?

on Thu, 01/26/2012 - 08:22

Here are the most common coffees you'll find in an Italian bar; most of these should be available no matter where you are in Italy:

  • Caffè In Italy the word “caffè’” naturally implies an espresso. There is no need to specify “espresso” when ordering. Served in a demitasse cup
  • Caffè macchiato:- coffee "stained" with milk, with a bit of foam on top. In Italian, macchiare means to “stain. Caffe macchiato is espresso in a demitasse cup, stained with some hot milk
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Coffee culture....Italian style

on Wed, 01/25/2012 - 09:39

It’s no accident that there are few if any Starbucks in Italy. Arguably, Italy (in our humble opinion) invented the concept that Starbucks shoots for. In Italy there often are two or three bars per city block, staffed by a skilled “barista” who knows their customer personally and serves even the quickest, cheapest coffee with manners and panache. Bringing a Starbucks to Italy is truly like bringing coals to Newcastle. The American in Italia Blog says it this way, "Italian bars are a three-minute social club. All day long strangers and regular customers meet and chat. People treat bar-mates as long-lost friends, no alcohol necessary."