A CAFFÉ represents the beginning of a new day, it's the break we need while working, it's a special moment that allows us to chat for a brief moment with the friendly barman at our favourite bar.
It's not just a drink, or a way to get some energy when we feel tired, but a true RITUAL.
Here are the infos you can't miss if you want to understand what a CAFFÉ means for us:
- Italian mornings start with a CAFFÉ; that we decide to have breakfast in a bar or at home, it doesn't matter. There is not an Italian not having a MOKA OR CAFFETTIERA at home. And this means Italian houses smells of CAFFÉ since the first hours of the day.
- Some Italians, for breakfast, prefer to have a Cappuccino when at the Bar. A Brioche is what is needed to start the day in the best way.
- The true Italian CAFFÉ is no more than half of the cup and it must be creamy. This is what you should get by asking "Un Caffè, per favore". Alternatively you could ask for a "Caffè Ristretto" (Concentrated coffee) or a "Caffè Lungo" (More water in it). This is what we can't find abroad. A cup of coffee you can drink in one shot. This is an impossibile concept for the not Italians.
- True Caffè experts (especially from Naples) say you should have you coffee without adding any sugar, to taste its aroma at the best.
- Caffè should be drink in one single shot and it must be hot. As soon as the barman place the cup in front of you, you should drink it immediately. No matter if your tongue complains for being burned.
- Italians know all the bars and restaurants where they make a good Caffè. And we take it only in those "temples".
- Usually Italians take their Caffè at the bar, without sitting at the table. This, unless it's an afternoon "chatting" caffè with a friend.
- If you like Coffee with milk you can ask for a "Caffè macchiato caldo" ( with hot milk) or "Caffè macchiato freddo" (cold milk).
- Because it's shorter, it's less energizing. FALSE.
- Italian Caffee and Starbucks have something in common. Nope. Forget it.
- ESPRESSO is a kind of Coffee. FALSE. What is called 'espresso' is the caffe you order at the bar. In Italy nobody calls it
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