What's Brewing? A Guide to Italian Coffee Culture

From a macchiato con latte to a strong black espresso, coffee has a lot of nicknames and everyone has their favorite type. But in Italy, each type of coffee is traditionally consumed at different times of the day. Italians like their morning coffee with milk. Breakfast time is the traditional time for macchiato, cappuccino and mokaccino.

Whether you prefer sparkling cappuccino milk with a dash of cocoa powder on top, the creamy steamed milk of a latte, or a chocolate mokaccino topped with whipped cream, morning is the right time to drink it. The lactose and fat content of these milk-rich beverages will provide an energy boost that will last until lunch. Although Italians consider coffee with milk to be acceptable as a mid-morning drink, perhaps with a cake or a small pastry snack, it wouldn't occur to them to order a latte after eating. Personal preferences aside, certain types of coffee may be more suitable for drinking at different times of the day or when you are in a specific situation.

Whether you choose to drink your coffee the Italian way or break with tradition and add milk in the afternoon, you'll find the perfect choice of Italian coffee in the Espressopedia range. The heavy dose of caffeine certainly helps combat the feeling of sleepiness after dinner, but if you like coffee a little bigger, an American will do the trick too. Whereas with the simple process of preparing the percolator, the longer you leave it on, the stronger the coffee will be. Complete your beer by pouring it into a nice coffee mug (or an Ember mug if you want to treat yourself). To prepare your coffee in a drip coffee maker, all you have to do is scoop out the coffee with a spoon, pour it into the filter, pour some water and press start to let the drip coffee maker work its magic with the coffee. With a flavor similar to black coffee, Americano consists of a shot of espresso diluted in hot water.

A shot of espresso can be served alone, or it can be used as the base of most coffee beverages, such as lattes and macchiatos. You can make espresso, lattes, cold beers or just a classic cup of coffee in this nifty little machine. You should keep a closer eye on it because when the water in the Moka pot runs out, you must remove the pot from the hot surface to prevent the coffee from tasting burnt. Simply put, percolators prepare coffee by continuously pushing bubbles of boiling water into the “coffee chamber” to soak the coffee beans. Iced coffee fans know that making this delicious drink at home is complicated, so you'll want to try a Hyperchiller to master your homemade iced coffee recipe.

As the most popular coffee drink in existence, latte is made up of a shot of espresso and steamed milk with just a touch of foam.

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