Friday, September 28, 2007

Coffee dos and don'ts in Italy

Do, drink coffee.

Do, drink lots of coffee.

Do, drink lots of tiny cups of coffee: caffé.

Do, call the tiny cups of coffee caffé, never espresso.

Do, drink your caffé while is burning hot, two to three sips max.

Do, slurp while drinking your caffé (this is the secret to not burn your tongue and to taste more of the flavor).

Do, drink your caffé at a bar while standing up.

Do, drink other variations of coffee like caffé lungo (more water added), cappuccino (equal parts of coffee, milk and frothed milk), caffé macchiato (tinted with milk), caffé con panna, or later in the day a caffé corretto ("corrected" with liquor, usually grappa, brandy or sambuca.)

Don't, drink cappuccino after 10:00 a.m.

Don't, drink caffé before dessert.

Don't, drink caffé while eating dessert.

Don't, ask for a "Venti" latte, because they will make 20 lattes for you.

Don't, look for a Starbucks anywhere in Italy.

Do, enjoy the coffee!

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