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GUIDE FOR COFFEE LOVERS IN MILAN. The best coffee places.

Ciao, lovers of Italy!

Coffee holds a special place in Italian culture, and the way Italians consume coffee is unique and deeply rooted in tradition.
Let’s take a peek into Italy’s vibrant coffee culture in a way that’s as delightful and straightforward as sipping a perfect cup of espresso.

1. Espresso Excellence:

  • Quick and Strong: Italians love their coffee short and strong, served in small, powerful shots called espresso.
  • Standing Tradition: Picture this: Italians savor their espresso while standing at a cozy café bar, chatting with friends.
    It’s not just a drink; it’s a social experience!

2. Varieties of Coffee:

  • Cappuccino: A popular morning coffee, consisting of equal parts espresso, steamed milk, and milk foam. It’s typically not consumed after 11 AM in Italy.
  • Macchiato: Espresso “stained” or “marked” with a small amount of frothy milk.
  • Latte: Unlike in some other countries, ordering a “latte” in Italy will get you a glass of milk. If you want coffee with milk, specify a “caffè latte.”
  • Ristretto: A very short, strong shot of espresso, made with less water than a regular espresso.
  • Americano: Espresso diluted with hot water, similar to American-style black coffee.

3. The Social Sip:

  • Coffee Breaks: Italians enjoy several coffee breaks throughout the day. It’s not just about the coffee; it’s the joy of sharing the moment with colleagues/friends.
  • Post-Meal Ritual: After a hearty meal, it’s time for a small, strong espresso. Italians believe it aids digestion.

4. Quality Quest:

  • Prestigious Cafés: Italy boasts historic coffee houses in cities like Rome and Milan, where coffee is an experience, not just a drink.
  • The Perfect Roast: Italians pay close attention to the quality of coffee beans and the roasting process.
    It’s all about that rich, dark flavor.

5. Coffee and Pastries:

  • Dunking Culture: It’s common to dunk cookies or sweet bread into your coffee, especially in the morning or during a coffee break.
  • Pastries and Coffee: Pastries like cornetto (similar to croissant) are often enjoyed with coffee, making for a delightful breakfast.

In Italy, coffee is not just a drink; it’s a way of life. The preparation, consumption, and enjoyment of coffee are deeply ingrained in the daily routine and social fabric of the country.
It’s a delightful ritual, an excuse to socialize, and a perfect companion to the sweet moments of life. So, when you are in Italy be like a local and enjoy a coffee time at good places!


If one of your destinations during the Italian journey will be Milan, I think that you may be interested in…

 ☕FREE GUIDE FOR COFFEE LOVERS  [tap here to download] is created to reveal to you all the best coffee places in Milan.

This is just a little part of coffee types in Italy but I am sure that you’ll enjoy good coffee, delicious pastries, Milan, and Italy during your trip!

I hope you’ll like these places and hope to see you in Milan!


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