May 1, 2014


Seems appropriate to start blogging again with a virtual event. My friend Rosella asked me to participate in Blog Cappuccino Day online.

This is not a cappuccino, but a caffe' macchiato. What I normally order when going out.
Macchiato means spotted and is topped with a small amount of steamed milk, a mini-cappuccino.

It seemed a good time to also talk about coffee rules in Italy.
We go to a bar for coffee, it is not an American bar to have drinks, but a place with all sorts of drinks, mostly espresso, juice

At home, one has breakfast normally with a caffe latte, a large hot milk with coffee and something to eat with it.

When you head out to work, you would stop and get an espresso out, from a bar which has a fabulous espresso machine and good coffee with a nice choice of pastries or savory.

If it is still early, you  can have a caffe', caffe latte ( don't order a latte or you get a glass of hot milk) or a cappuccino or like I do a caffe' macchiato, which is a mini cappuccino.

Once you have moved on in the day, Italians do not EVER have a cappuccino.

NEVER after a meal, but if you would like a little milk, you can cheat and ask for a caffe macchiato any time of the day.

Check out this little video from New York, he has more espresso than I like but I suppose for what you pay in USA, might as well have a larger portion!

Our espresso's when made correctly are just a tiny sip of incredibly intense coffee, never half the cup, but should be about 1/4. If you want more to drink you can ask for a lungo or in a larger cup with more water an Americano.


  1. Thanks, Judy. As you know, in the U.S. it's hard to get a good cappuccino like they serve everywhere in Italy. True with most other Italian coffee drinks made here. I must say, though, that I love a good cup of American coffee in the morning.

  2. When in Italy, I always ordered caffe' latte and was always pleased with every cup served. I'll use your advice for my husband in Italy when ordering 'American' coffee. Thank you for the tips.