How to drink coffee like an Italian

Coffee has a far greater place in Italian culture than that other famous export, pizza, with Italians drinking 14 billion cups a year. As with any national treasure, there is an informal etiquette surrounding coffee drinking in Italy, so here are a few tips to help you drink coffee as the Romans do.



  • Most Romans only take milk in their coffee in the morning, and never after a meal, so get your cappuccino in early.
  • When you order a coffee, or un caffè, you’ll get what is usually referred to in the English-speaking world as an espresso. It’s usually drunk in one go, standing at the bar.
  • Make sure to drink your espresso immediately, as the coffee is prepared at a drinkable, rather than scalding, temperature. Don’t make the mistake of heading off to a table to make yourself comfortable – your coffee will get cold.

Find out how to drink tea like the English, wine like the French – or put your newfound coffee knowledge into action when you stay in Rome.



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  • Reply Sam @CoffeeTeaClub November 6, 2016 at 8:18 am

    I can also add that you should never ask for ‘Latte’ in Italy because you’ll get a glass of milk. You need to ask for ‘Caffe Latte’ if you want to get your usual coffee drink… :) -Sam

  • Reply Rita January 5, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Hi there! I was looking forward an italian coffee pod and I found this option caled Orca Coffee Do you know this brand? It seems very nice, they say the coffee comes straight from Italy. I am about to buy this one but I am looking for 2n opinions. Thanks 😀

  • Reply May 2, 2017 at 2:07 am

    I’d like to go to Italy for this. Drinking coffee is my way of life.

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