"C & # 39; is a formality for the culture of coffee in Italy", says Heidi Rasmussen, senior manager for education and quality assurance at Illy Caffè North America and a professor of Illycaffe University of Coffee . "The moment is always special – it's not a glass of paper and your name has screamed through coffee".
This means that "twenty this" or "big that" (do not make different sizes or syrups, FYI) and do not ask for it to go.
"Baristas treat coffee the way they treat cocktails," says Rasmussen. "They will put on the saucer and the spoon, they are inviting you to have fun, stop, breathe, relax, they could only be a few seconds, but it makes the difference."
So what did I just ordered?
Drip could be the king in the United States, but in Italy, "if you ask for coffee, you're taking the espresso," says Rasmussen. This cheat sheet will help you decipher the Italian coffee code.
- Espresso + steamed milk = STAINED
- Espresso + liquor = CORRECT
- Espresso + hot water = AMERICAN
- Espresso + less hot water = RISTRETTO
- Espresso + espresso = DOUBLE
- Espresso + lemon peel = ROMAN