ITALY COFFEE ETIQUETTE 101

Travelers to Italy this summer need to know the basic rules of coffee etiquette. It will really help you tear into the fabric of the country. Start with standing – you’ll pay significantly less than the tourists seated at the tables. Never order a latte – only young children actually drink milk in Italy. It is, however, permisso to order a cafe latte in the morning, The biggest breach of coffee etiquette concerns tourists who order a cappuccino in the afternoon or evening. Italians think that anyone who drinks anything with milk in it after 12:00 noon is “patzo”.

They don’t do Frappuccinos in Italy, unless you are actually in a Starbuck’s. But be prepared to lose style points if you are found in such an emporiumn.

Order a “caffe” in Italy and it is really just an espresso served in a demitasse cup. The Italian standing next to you may wellorder a “doppio”. That is not a commentary on the oturists at the bar, it is a double espresso. If you want a lighter blend of espresso so you can actually sleep during the evening hours, order a caffe Americano. This is really a watered down espresso and is served in a larger cup.

The purchase of a caffe at the bar entitles you to use the bar’s restroom. A valuable thing to know. And, again, if your legs can handle it, always stand rather than sit. You’ll pay at l

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