Differences Between Popular Italian Coffees (and Rules on How and When to Drink Them)
It’s quite easy to get confused between the different varieties of coffee offered in Italy. You may often end up drinking a glass of milk instead of a latte or a different version of an espresso than the one you wanted. Let’s learn a little bit more about the popular Italian coffees and how to order the right one for yourself.
Espresso, the original coffee drink of Italy is often confused with Americano. But there is a clear distinction between the two beverages. Espresso is finely ground, strong dark coffee. This drink is typically enjoyed after meals and is prepared using a unique coffee making machine where the ground beans are placed in a filter made of metal. This filter allows pressurized water to pass through it in order to deliver an aromatic cup of espresso. The drink is offered in small-sized portions, typically in cups with 1 or 2-ounce holding capacities.
The Americano, on the other hand, is a watery version of an espresso. If you grab a regular cup of coffee, add a shot or two of espresso plus some hot water, you have an Americano ready to be served. Rumor has it that the Americano was a drink that originated during the second World War. The American soldiers living in Italy started to miss their routine brewed coffee and hence decided to add some more water to the Italian espresso shots. The resulting beverage closely resembled their native land’s coffee.
A latte and a cappuccino are commonly mistaken for each other too. The former is made by pouring steamed milk on a shot of espresso. It doesn’t have a frothy consistency and is simply a combination of milk and espresso.
The perfect cup of cappuccino, on the other hand, has espresso and steaming foam layered on the top. This steam typically comes out of an espresso machine. This one is slightly less sweet than the latte.
Med Cruise Guide made a fun infographic which you can explore below and learn about different types of coffee enjoyed in Italy, and especially the unspoken rules of drinking it in this coffee-loving culture
Anna Kay is an avid traveler, photographer and editor at MedCruiseGuide.com. She loves exploring and island-hopping across the Mediterranean, and enjoying local food specialties.
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Its a nice article. I am used to drink coffeee, but never paid attention to find the major differences between different varieties of coffees.
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I like coffee very much.I wish I could try all the varieties you have shared.Thanks for such an interesting post.
Perfect Infographic. very nice and helpful. thank you.
Basically I love to have coffee during my office intervals, but i cannot be able find any differences, and this article shows some facts about the differences in Italian coffees, thanks for your kind information.
Nice Article Mr. Praveen, Mostly I used to drink only espresso & cappuccino . By reading this I want to taste all of this coffees . I am a Coffeee lover!!!!!. Please keep posting……..
I would love to try all the above varieties. I am die hard fan of Coffee. My Morning starts with Coffee and ends with coffee. 🙂
When I was young coffee, was well just coffee, now their are so many choices.
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I love coffee. and great to know about the Italian coffee varieties. thanks for sharing.
we can not take coffee in life but i wish one time make and take coffee
Great infographic, very helpful if you’re travelling abroad, thank you.
I would love to try all the above varieties. I am die hard fan of Coffee. My Morning starts with Coffee and ends with coffee.
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Differences Between Popular Italian Coffees
Loved the blog in the form of infographics. Many thanks for sharing this informative blog.
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I have never liked instant coffee and only drink them only for a kick to my wakefulness. I started liking coffee when I tried latte and started liking it when I went to a local coffee house which served their unique dark roasted beans. That’s when I enjoyed the taste. At home I use a Moka to make latte, much better than instant even though it takes longer to make, its worth it.
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its a nice article ,I like coffee very much thanks for sharing .