Coffee culture is essential in an Italian’s daily routine, often drinking multiple per day. In Italy, they eat sweets like croissants along with a cappuccino in the mornings and that’s it. Don’t be surprised if you can’t find a pancake, eggs, and bacon breakfast here. It is also considered normal to order a coffee at the end of every meal to cleanse the palette. The coffee in Italy is very simple since it’s rare to find places with syrup flavorings. 

How to Order Coffee Like an Italian

You can order a coffee from a bar, restaurant, or coffee shop. They’re found at every corner of Milan, so you’ll have no trouble finding one.

Here are some common coffee orders:

  • Caffè
    • A strong shot of espresso
  • Cappuccino
    • Espresso with milk and steamed milk froth on top
  • Caffè Macchiato
    • An espresso shot stained with milk
  • Latte Macchiato
    • Warm milk stained with an espresso shot
  • Caffè Americano
    • A diluted espresso with hot water (closest coffee to drip coffee)

Ask in Italian

Un caffé, per favore- a coffee, please

Craving Iced Coffee?

Even though Italy runs on espresso, iced coffee is not as common. The idea of diluting the espresso with ice is an odd concept to Italians, so cold coffee can be difficult to find.

The closest authentic cold coffee:

  • Caffè Freddo
    • This is an espresso shaken with ice and sugar. It is nothing like an iced latte since it does not have any milk. 
  • Crema al Caffè
    • It’s a frozen whipped coffee, eaten with a spoon. This is probably my favorite cold coffee to indulge in and tastes like a dessert. It has the texture of creamy coffee gelato and is found at most coffee shops.

Where to Find “American” Iced Coffee

  • Starbucks
    • Starbucks might be the few places in Italy where you can order a customizable iced coffee with syrups. 
  • 12 oz Coffee Joint
    • 12 oz is a a coffee franchise that serves true American coffee, iced coffee, frozen coffee, and smoothies. 

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