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Italian Coffees 101

Blog Date: 2017-05-04
Author: aflorian

Buongiorno, coffee lovers!

There are quite a few Italian coffee drinks out there and at one point or another, you may have wondered how each is made and what the difference is between them. Many of the classic Italian coffees are just different proportions of milk and coffee, so you can play around with all the ingredients at home until you find your perfect mix! Whether you're traveling or not, knowing your coffee is a useful bit of information for just about everyone, so we are filling you in today!
  • Espresso - also known as "caffè normale," a small and strong shot of coffee. 
  • Doppio - a "double," or two shots of espresso.
  • Cappuccino - or "cappuccio," equal parts espresso, steamed milk, and foamed milk. (In Italy cappuccinos and other milky coffees are only drunk in the morning, and definitely not after meals!)
  • Americano - espresso mixed with hot water (an attempt to recreate American-style drip coffee).
  • Lungo - espresso with a splash of hot water.
  • Macchiato - espresso with a splash of frothed milk. (A classic coffee enjoyed at any time of the day).
  • Marocchino - (my personal favorite) cocoa powder, milk froth, and a shot of espresso. Some bars prepare this with nutellla lining the glass inside too!
  • Caffè latte - espresso with less foamed milk and mostly steamed milk.
The best way to make espresso at home is with your own caffetiera like this one below.  It's definitely worth it for that authentic espresso flavor, so get brewing!

Buon caffè!