Saturday, October 1st, 2016

Italy: Coffee Chic

Italy P&O

This guest post is about my favorite country in Europe and the beverage that I can’t stop drinking. Enjoy!

Italy, the home of fine dining, bustling market places and unrivalled elegance has attracted visitors from over the world for centuries. Now, the famous country has been depicted in a poster by the Brighton-based Sons of Wolves design studio. The poster joins several others, Britain, France and Scotland to name a few, inspiring a discussion about the drinks and landmarks that define our nations. Italy’s famous drink is, of course, their premium coffee, the envy of the rest of Europe.

Real coffee uses an Italian roast, a dark blend, first created in the 1500s. Inspired by Turkish coffee, Italian coffee also has a dark colour and strong flavour. Although the roast is dark, it is sweet in comparison to other beans, with a lower dose of caffeine because it is cooked for a long time. If you want to make it at home, you would ideally buy the coffee every 1-2 weeks from local baristas, to get the best tasting brew.

Unlike the English, Italians tend to not drink at home, preferring to go to an independent coffee house for their early morning fix. Most Italian’s drink their coffee at a bar before 9am, standing up, to truly get their day started. This is due to the coffee houses charging customers more if they are sitting down at a table, a ploy to move along the large queues.

The differences between British and Italian coffee drinkers do not stop there. Italians do not like milk in their coffee, because it detracts from the flavour.  The drink of choice is often a straight espresso, a small shot of coffee that really packs a punch. What is more, espresso is meant to be lukewarm before it is consumed. If you’re in Italy and you can’t bare cool coffee, then you have to request it to be hotter by saying ‘un caffè caldissimo’. You may get some strange looks, mind you!

Now that you can make an informed decision about how to drink coffee properly, perhaps you could try and get your caffeine fix like an Italian for a week. Be warned though, some of the coffee is so strong that it can even cause watery eyes if you aren’t used to it!

This information is gathered from this project synopsis led by Cultures of Consumptions.