Let’s Talk About Italian Coffee

The rich scent of Italian espresso in the morning is enough to rouse even the most reluctant out of bed and there’s no doubt that coffee is a cornerstone of Italian culture, having been introduced to Italy in the 1500s thanks to Venice’s trade links with the East. So, without further ado, let's talk about Italian coffee!


The History of Italian Coffee

espresso.jpgCoffee was originally considered a medicinal drink and a luxury that only the upper classes could afford. However, once coffee plantations were established in European colonies in Asia and South America, the drink became more accessible. In the 17th century, the first coffeehouse was opened in Venice, serving the finest brewed Italian coffee.


Italian Coffee: A Daily Ritual

In Italy today, there are certain rituals that surround Italian coffee, including what type of coffee to drink at each time of the day. For example, milky coffees, such as cappuccinos, are really only drunk by Italians in the morning as a part of breakfast. Although many cafes are now accustomed to tourists ordering a cappuccino or caffé latte in the afternoon, you will certainly get some odd looks if you order a milky coffee in one of the smaller towns off the tourist trail! Instead, during the day, Italians will grab an espresso or ristretto and drink it at their favourite bar as a quick pick-me-up.


Recommended Italian Coffee Drinks

cappuccino.jpgAside from the full flavour Arabica and Robusta beans typically used to create Italian roasts, one of the things that makes an Italian coffee so good is in the craft. Italian roast coffee is typically less oily in comparison to French roasts thanks to the expert techniques used by master roasters, who take great care not to roast the beans for too long or too little time. Plus, in any good Italian bar, the beans are freshly ground to retain the flavour.

And then there is the variety of coffee drinks available in Italy, including classic cappuccinos blended with equal parts of espresso, steamed milk and foamed milk, and the on-trend caffé latte, blended with espresso, steamed milk and a little foam. There is also a variety of less well-known Italian coffees that we’re sure you’ll love, such as caffé corretto, which translated literally as “corrected coffee”. This drink features rich espresso laced with alcohol, such as grappa or Sambuca, making it an excellent after-dinner choice for adults. We also highly recommend seeking out regional Italian coffees to enjoy on your Italy holiday, such as caffè anisette, which is an anise-flavoured espresso from Le Marche, and caffè d’un parrinu in South Sicily, which is crafted from Arabic-inspired coffee flavoured with cloves, cinnamon and cocoa.


However you like to enjoy your Italian coffee, we’re sure you’ll fall in love with the unique blends available only in Italy. If this blog has got you hankering after an authentic espresso, macchiato or cappuccino, why not plan your next holiday to Italy? We create personalised holidays to Italy and specialise in multi-centre trips that allow you to visit more than one city in a single holiday. To find out more about our tailor-made holidays, please visit this dedicated section of our website.

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