Coffee in Italy tips

Thursday, February 2, 2017



Posted by Ruth (03/02/2017)

There is such a variety in coffees, how do I order the coffee I like?
We have put together a list of many of the most popular the coffees in Italy for you. When you order coffee in a typical Italian coffee bar, know what you want beforehand, the barista asks you what coffee you would like. There is no menu and no time to waste.

Un caffè –
An espresso as you know it. When you use the word espresso to order you will get one but Italians say caffè. Definitely you will have more success and fun ordering the Italian way.

Un caffè ristretto –
Extra strong espresso in a small cup! An unbelievable boost for your system this little coffee wonder.


Cappuccino –
Espresso with a little bit of warm steamed milk and foam. Without the well known cacao powder. Strong cappuccino? Cappuccino con doppio caffè. Less milk? Un cappuccino scuro. When the morning is over please order another kind of coffee to keep your barista happy. 
When you order a cappuccino after lunch or, even worse, after dinner you will get a friendly but stern response. Do you really want a cappuccino now? Sometimes it is just not possible to order a cappuccino after 11 o’clock in the morning. Some restaurants won’t even be able to provide it.

Latte Macchiato –
Known by us as caffè latte. A glass of warm milk with a drop of espresso. Without foam and served in a larger cup. A proper morning coffee for the Italians.

Caffè Americano –
This is an espresso with hot water added. Together with the Lungo this meets a regular coffee. Italians almost never drink this coffee, this a tourist cup only. The Lungo is the stronger version.


Caffè Lungo –
Served in a larger cup, coffee where more water (40ml) has run through. When in craving of a regular cup of coffee this is the one to make you happy too.

Caffè Macchiato-
Espresso with a little bit of warm milk and foam. Other kinds are macchiato caldo – with hot milk, macchiato freddo, with a dash of cold milk, or macchiato con schiuma di latte, with milk foam, and milk foam only! This little bit of milk is fine to order the whole day.

Caffè Doppio-
Double espresso, strong stuff! Watch your heart rate.

Un deca –
Decaf coffee, un caffè deca, cappuccino deca etcetera.


Caffè con panna –
Espresso with whipped cream, in some countries (it is true!) known as a cappuccino.

Caffè freddo-
Ice-cold coffee, best to order in summer, espresso with ice cubes and sugar. Or order the more hip caffè shakerato (shaked!) all ingredients are shaken till creamy and soft. Nicely served in a champagne glass or wineglass.

Caffè corretto-
Espresso with a splash of liquor like Grappa, or bitter. Normally used as an aperitif.

Coffee dessert- finish the day with a caffè affogato –
Vanilla ice cream drowned in freshly made espresso. A scoop of ice cream with hot espresso poured over it. Gelato con caffè. Super easy to make delicious dessert.

Believe it or not, hot steamy creamy delicious chocolate milk does exist in Italy. Order a cioccolata calda and enjoy.

And the list continues….

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