Italian Coffee - The Italians Love Their Coffee.

Italian coffee is know to be one of the best in the world. The Italians take their coffee very seriously.

Getting a coffee is more about a social event or an experience than the just getting a coffee. Going for a coffee is typically about chatting and socializing with other patrons (friends, colleagues, neighbours).

There is an abundance of Italian coffees to choose from. In North America we are so accustomed to going through a drive thru or coffee shop and ordering a large sized coffee. That concept just doesn't exist here in our life in Rome.

When I first arrived in Rome I just wanted what I was accustomed to having…a large coffee from a donut shop or coffee place like Starbucks. When I read the menu of selection of italian coffee available; I was astonished. The size in comparison to the North American way is completely different.

Coffee is available everywhere at cafes which are called ‘bars.’ At the cafe you can get various types of coffee along with a selection of pastries (Cornetti). Coffee in Italy is always served in a cup and saucer (as shown here).

Although they may have small take out cups coffee is generally enjoyed at the cafe and not taken away. There is also no concepts of ‘free refill.’ Coffee is purchased on a cup basis.

At many local bars if you stand at the counter or take it yourself to a table you may pay about 1 Euro. However the prices are higher if you choose to be served on a patio. If you are in a touristy area it can be even higher. You may pay as much as 5 Euros table service for a cup of coffee at an outdoor cafe.

If you enjoy a good cup of black coffee in the morning; you will need to remember caffe Americano. This is similar to a cup of coffee in North America.

There are so many variants on Italian coffee here in the eternal city. Below I’ve listed the types of coffee you without doubt will come across while on holiday.

•Caffè espresso: a small cup of very strong coffee

•Caffè Americano: American-style coffee, but stronger; weaker than espresso and served in a large cup

•Caffè corretto: coffee with a shot of grappa, cognac, or other spirit

•Caffè doppio: double espresso

•Caffè freddo: iced coffee

•Caffè Hag: decaffeinated coffee

•Caffè latte: hot milk mixed with coffee

•Caffè macchiato espresso: "stained" with a drop of steamed milk small cappuccino

•Caffè marocchino: espresso with a dash of hot milk and cacao powder

•Caffè stretto: espresso with less water

•Cappuccino: espresso: infused with steamed milk

•Granita di caffè con panna: frozen, iced beverage and topped with whipped cream

Regardless of your coffee choice you can’t come to Rome and not take in the experience of enjoying a coffee at one of its many cafes.

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