Coffee, or “caffè”, one of the main Italian exports, is what keeps us going. The Italian coffee culture starts early in the morning in a bar, and the flow of coffee continues well into the evening. Italy has since created countless variations of this popular beverage. Thus, here is a list of the main types of coffee you can ask for in Italy.
Caffè: This is better known as an espresso. It comprises a concentration of coffee with extra sugar, served in a small coffee cup. They will understand what you mean if you order an espresso in Italy, but caffè is the more local term.
Caffè doppio: Do you need a double dose of coffee to wake you up in the morning? Then we recommend you ask for a caffè doppio consisting of a double espresso.
Cappuccino: This is probably one of the most popular coffee drinks in the western world. The original Italian cappuccino is one third coffee, one third hot milk, and one third milk foam.
Latte Macchiato: A large serving of hot milk with a shot of caffè served in a large glass, often topped with milk foam and a dusting of cocoa powder.
Caffè Corretto: This caffè is spiced up with a shot of alcohol, usually grappa, Sambuca or Baileys. The world “corretto” means “properly, correctly”, meaning that it is the only real way to enjoy coffee.
Caffè Shakerato: This creation is perfect for hot summer days. It comprises, ice, caffè and sugar shaken until foamy and flavoured with either vanilla or grappa. Caffè Shakerato is served in a cocktail glass with whipped cream or chocolate sauce.
Did you know?….. There is a coffee called caffè sospeso. If you order this coffee you are actually buying two, however you will only receive one. That way, if a homeless or needy person walks into the bar, they can ask if there is a caffè in “suspense”, and if there is, they get a coffee for free.
These are the most important and typical coffees in Italy. They can be enjoyed with delicious Italian biscuits called “biscotti” containing different ingredients such as cranberries, almonds and chocolate. If you would like to try some of these delicious creations then we recommend Pasticceria D’Angelo located by the Spanish Steps in Rome. In this historic district, you will find a charming holiday rental with Localnomad Rome , which are fully equipped and individually furnished. Perfect for enjoying Rome to the max!