Coffee is a culture for Italian people; say espresso or cappuccino it is like to say Italy in our minds. Not just because of coffee, but the whole ritual behind this international drink. There are a lot of kinds of coffee and so many other ways to serve, which it depend on the part of Italy where you are.
This appreciated drink, coffee, was a luxury product at the beginning in Italy. Yes, maybe today it is difficult to believe it, but only rich people could enjoy it in this age. But, like it is common in good products, it spread across the country and getting cheaper.
Espresso is the simplest coffee that exists, it is just coffee. The Italian way is with little water, freshly brewed natural coffee, and it is strong and served in a small cup. It is usually served with a layer of cream and about two fingers of intense and aromatic liquid; it is the essence of a good cup of coffee.
Cappuccino is also a well-known coffee internationally, but the real one, where you can get a good cappuccino is in Italy. Actually, in this country it is not usual to take this kind of coffee after morning, because this drink have milk and it is only for breakfast.
In contrast to espresso, cappuccino is served in big and wide cup. The content of this delicious drink is espresso, milk and crem, never whipped cream! Sometimes it takes cocoa powder or ground cinnamon on the top and many baristas show their artistic face creating elegant decorations with the cream.
Stretto or risttreto coffee is very intense. It is prepared with less water than an espresso but it takes the same amount of coffee. Lungo coffee, meanwhile, has more water and the same coffee, so it is a bit softer and, at last, doppio is the sum of two espressos.
If you prefer a less intense taste, with milk, you can choose a latte macchiato, a cup with milk and a spot of coffee. On the contrary, caffe macchiato is a espresso coffee with a spot of milk.
And you need to taste a last one: corretto caffé, that is, an espressso with a touch of local liquor, usually grappa or brandy.
The variety of Italian coffees is huge, which one do you prefer?