Last week, I wrote about Vietnamese coffee and while I’m a not a huge fan of it I still found some drinks that are worth dying for. This week, however I’m writing about my true love, Italian coffee.
So here’s a list of my favourites. Most of them are quite popular all over the world but no one can make and drink them like the Italians do.
Every Italian household has at least one of these stove-top coffee makers. The coffee it makes is strong and similar to espresso but it doesn’t have that thin foam on top that you get when using an espresso machine. It’s small and portable and the coffee it makes is an ideal base for a latte, cappuccino or basically anything. If you want to enjoy your coffee in Italian style make sure that you stuff the pot with grind coffee to the top.
It’s much stronger than other brews thanks to the method how it’s made. It also contains more caffeine but as it comes in a tiny cup it doesn’t really matter. It gives the base of cappuccino and caffé latte but a lot of people find it too strong and bitter in itself. I quite like it but I think it’s best with a tiny bit of milk.
- Espresso macchiato
Espresso with a small amount of foamed milk. It’s heaven itself. The milk takes away the bitterness a bit but you can still taste the aroma of the coffee. Perfection! (I’m not biased at all…)
Of course, everyone knows it but do we know how it’s made or what is the difference between cappuccino and caffé latte? Add in a cup 1/3 espresso, 1/3 steamed milk, 1/3 foam and there you have a cappuccino. Italians mainly have it for breakfast with sweet pastry but I saw an old lady once ordering it after lunch so… I don’t care anymore. If I want a cappuccino I’ll have one.
- Caffé Latte
Once an Italian asked my why the English call it latte. She was confused for a reason. Latte means milk in Italian so if you happen to order it don’t be surprised if you get a glass of milk. It’s similar to cappuccino but the foam is thinner. It’s made with 1/3 espresso and 2/3 milk including the thin foam.
You can also get coffee with different liquors and cocoa or chocolate syrup. These are especially popular among tourists so don’t be surprised if the barrista looks at you like you were an alien when you order an espresso. I have a feeling that most Italians secretly think that all tourists are barbarians when it comes to coffee drinking 😛