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Italian Coffee Drinks

No matter where you go in Italy you'll always find coffee: italians can't live without it. Whether you're visiting a small town or a major city you'll always find a bar around the corner. 

The day of Italians is defined by coffee rituals: a cappuccino with breakfast, a caffe macchiato as an afternoon pick-me-up and espresso after dinner. Here are the most usually types of coffee drinks in Italy. In Italy, coffee is typically enjoyed "al banco" or at the bar with friends.

Italian cappuccino

Un caffe (espresso)

A caffe is simply an espresso, a small but strong shot of black coffee that Italians enjoy throughout the day. Beacuse it's meant to be consumed very quickly, it is served in small glass cups. A double shot of espresso, caffe doppio gives you an intense and bitter flavour.

Caffe Macchiato

Caffe macchiato is a shot of espresso with a small dollop of foam and milk, which adds a bit of creaminess to rich coffee. Italians find it perfectly acceptable to drink it any time of day. 

Caffe Americano

For those who love the taste of espresso but can't handle the intesity of a single shot, the caffe Americano makes for a lighter alternative. The addition of hot water dilutes the coffee without taking away from its rich and robust flavour.


The most popular coffee drink is cappuccino that is traditionally prepared with espresso, hot milk and steamed-milk foam in a big cup. Cappuccino is a breakfast drink. Don't order cappuccino after 11 am as Italians only enjoy milky coffee in the morning - never in the afternoon and especially not after a meal.

Caffe latte

Cafe latte is a cousin of the cappuccino but differs slightly with its milk to coffee ration. A latte is a bit richer because it contains more milk and less foam. It works best on its own in the morning or paired with traditional Italian pastries like cannoli or cornetto.


Caffe Marocchino consists of a shot of espresso, cocoa powder or hot chocolate and frothed milk served in a small glass cup.

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