Coffee is an integral part of Italian life. Italians take it very seriously and it’s expected to be of a high standard wherever you go. It’s standard to have a cappuccino or other such milky coffee for breakfast and then espresso after every meal. For ordering an espresso in Italy, you can simply ask for a “caffe” and remember to drink it quickly, rather than sipping at it. Though an espresso is the most popular, there are numerous other types of coffee on offer. Here’s a rundown of the most common Italian coffees.
Types of Italian Coffee
Espresso — a small cup of very strong coffee
Americano— American-style coffee, but stronger; weaker than espresso and served in a large cup
Corretto — coffee “corrected” with a shot of grappa, cognac, or other spirit
Doppio — double espresso
latte—hot milk mixed with coffee and served in a glass for breakfast
Macchiato—espresso “stained” with a drop of steamed milk: small version of a cappuccino
Marocchino—espresso with a dash of hot milk and cacao powder
Stretto — espresso with less water; rocket fuel!
Cappuccino — espresso infused with steamed milk and drunk in the morning, but never after lunch or dinner
Granita di caffè con panna—frozen, iced beverage (similar to a slush, but ice shavings make it authentic) and topped with whipped cream
Crazy for Coffee!
So now you know what to go for after you’re stuffed with pizza! For another Italian twist, add some biscotti into the mix. For more information on Italian coffee, check out the excellent Life in Italy site.