Voici quelques-uns des conseils simples à suivre afin de mieux profiter des délices de café italien.
Coffee is so much a part of Italian culture and in the city center cafes are always full, no matter the time of the day.
I promise to all my guests: with only one sip of italian coffee and cappuccinos, it will be really hard to go back to Starbucks.
Here just some simple advice to follow in order to best enjoy the delights of italian coffee.
Where do you get your coffee
What my american and english guests call coffee shops or cafes, we call “bar” in Italy. Don’t be confused, but we say “caffè” for your coffee.
How to order a coffee
When you’re in a bar you order “un caffè per favore”. In Italy a coffee is only expresso coffee, it comes in tiny quantities not to be sipped slowly for hours but to drink in a quick shot.
In the central area coffee you can order “un caffè americano” but be aware that this is not an Italian habit. Italians do drink a lot of coffee, but they do so in small, steady doses.
“Un caffè americano” is sort of partway between the american-style coffee you’re probably used to and more traditional Italian coffee. It’s espresso that’s been watered down a bit and it’s served in a bigger cup than the tiny espresso cups.
When to drink cappuccino in Italy
Probably the Italy’s most famous drink is the cappuccino a mix of espresso, steamed milk, and foam. But remember this rule: no cappuccino after meal.
Order a cappuccino after a meal is a sure sign you’re not a native! But what are you doing wrong?
Let me explain why Italians feel always a little bit shocked when you do that.
There’s a very good biological reason why coffee is a good end-meal choice and cappuccino is not.
Drinking a hot beverage after a big meal helping digestion. However, the beverage needs to be easing the digestive process, not slowing it down – so a water-based hot drink like coffee or tea is ideal. Milk, however, is not easy to digest!
You order a cappuccino whenever you want. And that’s fine, if it makes you happy.
But when it comes to Italian food, history and tradition makes a difference in how you enjoy the culinary experience. Believe your Italian friend and trust our traditions on that point!