"coffee break!" Italy Local Custom Tip by Graceful

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If you are going for a coffee, here are some general guidelines.

Generally, only tourists ask for cappucinos all times of the day. True italians only drink cappucinos in the morning at breakfast.

Espresso (or caffe' normale) are what we drink during our breaks. These can be had with a dollop of milk or cream on top (making it a macchiato), long (with extra water; caffe' lungo or americano) or shot (Corto, even more condensed).

There is also a latte macchiato, but that is also more of a breakfast only thing. It consists of a glass of tepid milk with a shot of espresso (think a reverse cappucino almost).

Decaffinated coffee is usually available, but its more expensive than regular coffee, about 5 to 10 cents more per cup. Ask for a "decaffeinato" or "Hag", a common decaf brand.

You can get good coffee in pretty much any "bar" (aka coffee shop, not where you go to drink at night, that is a "pub").

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  • Updated May 6, 2005
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