Un Caffe’ per favore!

If you don’t want to be taken for a tourist in Italy, you should drink coffee as and when the locals do. The rules are;  Cappuccino, caffé latte, latte macchiato or any milky form of coffee in the morning, and NEVER after a meal. Italians cringe at the thought of all that hot milk hitting a full stomach. A single espresso is simply known as ‘caffè’, so do not ask for an espresso! Do not sit down, coffee is pleasurable and should be downed in one, standing at the bar. Caffè, cappuccino and caffé latte: caffè macchiato or latte macchiato – an espresso with a dash of milk or a hot milk with a dash of coffee (remember, mornings only); caffè corretto: the Italian builder’s early morning pick-me-up, an espresso “corrected” with a slug of brandy, grappa or sambuca !

  • Caffè: This literally means “coffee,”  it’s an espresso! You don’t have to say “espresso” when you order (although if they know you’re a tourist, they might ask just to make sure).
  • Cappuccino: Espresso topped up with hot, foamed milk. It’s named after the Cappuccini, or Capuchin monks, because of the color of their hoods.
  • Caffè macchiato: This means a “spotted” or “stained” coffee, and in this case, it’s spotted  with a splash of hot milk.
  • Latte macchiato: Guess what this means? “Spotted milk”—in this case, a lot of milk with a spot of coffee.
  • Caffè americano: American-style filter coffee doesn’t exist here. Instead, if you order an “American coffee,” you’ll get Italy’s best approximate: espresso with hot water added.
  • Caffè lungo: A “long” coffee, i.e. with more water. It’s different than an americano because the difference actually happens at the espresso machine: when the espresso is actually being pulled, the process is slowed down so there’s twice as much water involved.

The Benefits of drinking coffee:

Enjoying a cup of coffee curbs blood sugar spikes by 50% Credit goes to coffee’s chlorogenic acid a polyphenol that increases cells sensitivity to the blood sugar- regulating hormone insulin. It turns out that coffee may also protect against cirrhosis. People who drink 4 or more cups per day have up to an 80% lower risk (36, 37, 38). Bottom Line: Coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of developing cirrhosis, which can be caused by several diseases that affect the liver.

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