The Italian Coffee Culture And Types Of Coffee
The Italian coffee culture experience is famous worldwide. Most people think they have an idea of what it is but will be surprised at all the different types of coffee offered by this popular European country. With all this focus on coffee you would think the Italians invented it. The Italians didn’t invent coffee but they sure know how to enjoy it.
The coffee was first brought over from the Middle East and became popular in Venice in the 1500’s. The substance was looked upon like alcohol and frowned upon but then spread quickly to Rome and other parts of Italy. Today coffee is a legend there and even people who don’t like it find love drinking it the way it is served in Italy.
There are some basic differences between our coffee culture and the Italian coffee culture. In Italy you pay for your coffee first before you are served. You will also be ordering from a bar not a shop or other type of American name. Another difference Americans might find almost shocking is the coffee is served in smaller quantities. You might not find your big cup of coffee that you find in America in Italy. That is because the coffee is made smaller as to be consumed on the spot in a coffee bar. Coffee on the go is not really something that is popular in Italy.
In Italy your coffee needs will be well taken care of. You will find some version of your coffee in Italy no matter where you are from. They even have a coffee named Americano. Americano coffee is made for the American tourist or expatriate who hasn’t quite got acclimated to the coffee culture yet. For the residents and locals in Italy you will find the traditional aluminum percolator called the macchinetta in most homes. This helps brew the perfect cup of caffe’ which is the same as the latin espresso.
There are lots of different kinds of caffe’ or the Italian version of espresso. Some different types of coffee or caffe’ as the Italians refer to it are listed below.
Americano Coffee is a watered down version of espresso made to taste mild like regular American coffee. This is basicly what they will serve you if you know nothing about their Italian coffee. It does have italian coffee in it and is served in a bigger cup than the little espresso sized cups.
Caffe’ is the traditional Italian coffee that is a single shot of espresso like the latin type. When Italians order coffee they use the term caffe’ to refer to the traditional espresso. Cafe’ is also the traditional coffee that is ordered after a meal. Stick to this tradition and you will fit right in like a native.
Cappuccino is the kind of coffee that is the most popular kind that is well known in America and other countries. The coffee is made up of one-third espresso one-third steamed milk and one-third foam. This hot milk and coffee drink is served in the morning and usually Italians never serve it past a certain time past noon. This doesn’t mean they won’t serve it to tourists. The Italians think of milk as something that will mess up their digestion so that is why it is never served after a meal. Some even consider it a meal.
Corretto is another great invention by the Italians that is an after dinner treat. This coffee has a shot of espresso along with a shot of liquor. Some of the preferred liquors include Irish Cream, Grappa or Cognac.
Dietor is a coffee that has like an artificial sweetener like sweet and low added to it instead of sugar. Dietor is the Italian brand of artificial sweetener. Almost all coffee in Italy will have some sugar added to it no matter the drink. This drink will help you enjoy your espresso without all the added sugar. This is especially a good way for diabetics and people watching their weight to enjoy the pleasures of Italian coffee.
Caffe’ Doppio is made for people who need a little something more to get them going in the morning. It is a double shot of espresso
Caffe’ Freddo is coffee that has been chilled and it means cold coffee. Good for those hot Italian summer days.
Caffe’ Macchiato is a favorite drink among Italians and tourists alike. This coffee is espresso with a couple drops of hot milk added to it. Delicious idea of not overdoing it on the milk. Macchiato means staining the milk.
Marocchino is espresso with cacao powder and some foamed milk. Cacao is better than cocoa with more nutrients.
If you want your espresso or Caffe’ with whipped cream then you will need to ask for panna.
Granita is another way of drinking coffee when it is really hot. This is like a slushy coffee drink. The good thing about this coffee drink is it comes in different flavors. Sounds very unique and delicious.
Hag is Italian for decaf so this can sound pretty funny when ordering.
If your are in Italy and you order a Latte they will bring you a glass of cold milk, lol. This is why when in Italy you have to order a Caffe latte which is a shot of espresso with steamed milk. With some of these guidelines you should be a lot better off than going it alone or by experimentation. Seeing all that Italy has to offer will be very enjoyable and relaxing with the right kind of coffee to enjoy.