No Cappuccino After 12pm
Do NOT Order an “Espresso”
Walking into a coffee bar in Italy and ordering an espresso is redundant. It’s all they drink. In other words, if you were to order a coffee, you’d be given an espresso. “Caffe,” the Italian word for coffee, means espresso by default.
You Won’t Be Waited On
If you sit down and expect someone to wait on you, you’ll be waiting for a very long time. Walk up to the bar and order whatever you want. Coffee in Italy is meant to be had as a quick dose of caffeine. It’s typically consumed standing up at the bar.
Know Your Terms
Nothing will make you look like more of a tourist than trying to use your daily Starbucks lingo. Simply ordering a “latté” will get you a nice glass of milk since “latté” translates to milk in Italian. Here are some useful terms:
- Caffé Dopio – double espresso
- Caffé Lungo – espresso with more water
- Caffé Ristretto – espresso with less water
- Caffé Macchiato – espresso with a dab of frothed milk
- Caffé Americano – Same as caffé lungo
- Caffé Corretto – espresso with a shot of liquor (Sambuca or brandy)
- Caffé con panna – espresso with whipped cream