On October 1, it was the world’s second annual International Coffee Day.
I’ve written about coffee previously on my blog (The differences between American coffee & Italian caffè, and the fun Blogger Exchange), but those don’t get into the intricacies of ordering a caffè at the bar, or the etiquette and “rules” of paying for one. And when you come to Italy, a caffè should be the first thing you drink in the morning. In honor of International Coffee Day, here’s a post detailing all of the above and then some.
Cheat sheet to Italian coffee culture
Caffè: It’s not just a drink. It’s a way of life.
Philosophizing aside, a shot of intense Italian coffee, called un caffè, is a daily ritual for most Italians, often repeated throughout the day. It will become so for you, too, the moment you set foot in Italy.
Here’s a cheat sheet on Italian caffè: what is it, how to order one at the bar, bar etiquette, and what are all the different kinds?