Coffee in Italy: Unspoken Rules You Need to Know

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In this video Cris explains that Coffee is not just a beverage, it’s a way of life in Italy. Italians take their coffee seriously, and they have certain rules when it comes to ordering and consuming this delicious drink. 

If you are planning to visit Italy and want to fully immerse yourself in Italian coffee culture, then here are a few things you need to know. 

Firstly, it’s important to understand that making coffee in Italy is not just a job; it’s an art form that requires a lot of training and expertise. 

In fact, it takes three years to learn how to operate a coffee machine properly in Italy. This means that when you order a coffee in Italy,  you can expect the barista to be highly skilled and knowledgeable about their craft. 

So, if you are a coffee enthusiast, then you will truly appreciate the effort and attention to detail that goes into making the perfect cup of coffee in Italy. 

Secondly, if you are a fan of cappuccinos, then you need to be aware of the time of day that it’s acceptable to order one. 

In Italy, cappuccinos are only served in the morning and are considered a breakfast drink. It’s not uncommon to see Italians drinking cappuccinos while standing at the bar before starting their day. 

However, if you order a cappuccino after 11 am, you may get some strange looks from the locals. So, if you want to blend in with the Italians, order an espresso or a macchiato after lunchtime. 


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