Sorry Starbucks lovers, but you won’t find any triple venti non-fat caramel macchiatos in Italy. However, if you’re a fan of espresso then Italy is one of the best places to try it! Check out these 9 different ways to order coffee in Italy!

 

1. Caffè Normale (Espresso)

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This is just a normal espresso. However, when ordering in Italy, you would ask for “un caffè” or “un caffè normale.”

 

2. Caffè Lungo (Long Espresso)

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Caffè lungo is espresso but longer. This means that the barista just lets the espresso machine run a little longer.

 

3. Caffè Ristretto (Short Espresso)

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The exact opposite of a caffè lungo. The barista will stop the espresso machine earlier leaving the espresso short, think, and strong.

 

4. Caffè Doppio (Double Espresso)

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The perfect pick-me-up right in the morning. This is a double shot of espresso where the barista will make 2 espressos in one cup.

 

5. Macchiato (Espresso With Milk)

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This is simply an espresso made with milk. It can either be a little bit of hot milk, cold milk, or sometimes just the foam on top.

 

6. Cappuccino

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Made with espresso, steamed milk and foam. The cappuccino is a morning favourite amongst Italians.

 

7. Decaffeinato (Decaffeinated Espresso)

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If you enjoy espresso without the caffeine, then ask for a “caffè decaffeinato.”

 

8. Un Ginseng (Ginseng Espresso)

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Made from an automatic machine, ginseng espresso is coffee flavoured with ginseng root extract. It’s usually already sweetened with milk already in it.

 

9. Caffè Corretto (Espresso With a Shot)

 

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Caffè corretto literally translates to correct espresso. This is when you get an espresso with a shot either Sambuca, Grappa or sometimes Brandy.

 

10. Caffè Freddo or Shakerato (Cold Espresso or Espresso with Ice)

 

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A summer favourite, this espresso is prepared normally and then put in a cocktail shaker with ice (and sugar if you’d like) and shaken up. This refreshing espresso is usually strained into a fancy martini glass.

 

How do you like your espresso? Let us know in the comments.

 

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