Guide for coffee time in Italy

Italians are masters in many areas and endeavours, including the sacrosanct art of drinking coffee. No matter where you go you will always find a cafe as Italians can’t live without it. Most locals stop off many times a day for a cap of espresso to keep the all-important flow of caffeine running through their bodies. Every bar and café in Italy will knock out an espresso in a matter of seconds. There is a new wave of quality specialty coffee establishments throughout Italy that make drinking espresso a truly unforgettable experience.

As you may know, the flavour of the coffee depends on various factors, such as the type of coffee and how it’s roasted e t c. For example, the flavour of espresso is praised throughout the country and Italians have created an entire science around ordering, brewing and drinking it. Italian coffee is normally a mix of 2 sorts of coffee Arabica and Robusta. If you’re not familiar you’re bound to think that Italian coffee is too strong or too thick. The coffee in Italy is frying longer that is why it is bitter than everywhere else in the world.

Learn about the traditions of Italian coffee culture. Please, take note of these few tips and enjoy your Italian coffee experience:


Caffè or an espresso It is served in a teeny cup and drank throughout the day. Only 25 ml of water with a brown cream on top. The shot of espresso must be ready in less than 30 seconds.

Caffè Americano a shot of espresso combined with hot water. Often they’ll just serve the espresso in a larger cup with separate hot water.

Cappuccino is probably Italy’s most famous coffee. It’s basically espresso, steamed milk and foam. Cappuccino is a breakfast drink, so if you order a cappuccino after 12 m, people will be surprised.

Macchiato in Italian macchia means to stain, so “un caffè macchiato” is an espresso with a few drops of hot milk and served in the same little cup that an espresso comes in. As it is not as milky as a cappuccino, Italians prefer to drink it any time of the day.

Caffè Latte a big cup of milk with a shot of coffee. As it is not as milky as a cappuccino, Italians prefer to drink it any time of the day.

Marocchino is served in a small glass and consists of a shot of espresso, cocoa powder and milk froth. It has been created in Alessandria, Italy, in some regions of northern Italy, thick hot cocoa is added.

Caffè shakerato is an Italian iced coffee drink featuring freshly ground espresso shaken over ice and poured into a big glass.

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