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How To Order Italian Coffee

What kind of coffee should you order in a caffe? The possibilities can be confusing to many Americans. This is a list of the most popular caffeine-laden drinks.

caffe - A small cup of very strong coffee, i.e., espresso

caffe Americano - American-style coffee, but stronger

caffe corretto - Coffee "corrected" with a shot of grappa, cognac, or other spirit

caffe freddo - Iced coffee

caffe Hag - Decaffeinated coffee

caffe latte - Hot milk mixed with coffee and served in a glass for breakfast

caffe macchiato - Espresso "stained" with a drop of steamed milk. A small version of a cappuccino

cappuccino - Espresso infused with steamed milk and drunk in the morning, but never, never after lunch or dinner

granitadi di caffe con panne - Iced coffee with whipped cream

Like the French, Italians never drink coffee or tea with any meal except breakfast. Coffee (caffe) is often ordered after a meal. Tea is only considered a morning or between-meal beverage or one to be used for medicinal purposes. It is the unknowing tourist who orders a cappuccino in a restaurant after lunch or dinner. When ordering your after-dinner coffee, do not ask for an espresso, ask for a caffe, per favore.

Reprinted from:

Cheap Eats in Italy
by Sandra A. Gustafson
$10.95 Paperback 206 pp
Chronicle Books
Released June 3, 1996
ISBN: 0-8118-1070-4
Reprinted with permission
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