You couldn’t find a more quintessentially coffee-loving place than the vibrant Italian city of Rome. Coffee is an integral part of the fabric of daily life in this energetic city. Locals whizzing by on scooters, flocks of tourists walking the Roman ruins and the Colosseum, and people everywhere sipping espressos.
Here in the US coffee has become something of an “on-the-go” staple. In Rome, it’s more of a “drink and go” scenario — with many coffee bars offering standing room only for folks who want to quickly sip their espresso without even sitting down. You won’t spy any 20 ounce Frappuccinos® here (and if you do, they will likely belong to tourists!).
According to CNN Travel correspondent and proud Roman, Silvia Marchetti, it’s part of the culture. “Romans like their coffee fast, strong and burning hot. We gulp it down, on the run, sans sitting,” writes Marchetti. “Drink and go: that’s the philosophy. It’s part of the lifestyle, a persistent aroma that envelopes people from morning till after dinner.”
Here are a few fun facts about Romans and Italians in general and their coffee, and a few tips on how and what to order, and when:
- Cappuccino is considered a breakfast coffee, so traditional Italians do not order this drink any time after around 11:00am.
- Caffè ristretto(kah-FE ri-STRE-to) is a so-called “restricted coffee” — which references the way in which the stream of coffee is stopped before the normal amount, making the coffee stronger, or more concentrated, than a regular coffee or espresso.
- Many Romans drink five or more espressos per day.
For Rae’s coffee lovers … For a strong, robust coffee, add 4-6 ounces of hot water to your favorite Gourmet Coffee, Latte or Mocha..
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