How to Drink Coffee like an Italian


Italy has one of the richest coffee culture in the world and Italians have their way of enjoying what used to be considered cups of luxury.

Since PITTI CAFFE originates from Italy, we thought we’d bring you through some of the coffee drinking culture in Italy – which may also explain why some of our products are designed and produced a particular way.

Caffè literally means coffee, but in Italy, caffè is referred to as espresso. So the next time you get a coffee in Italy, remember that asking for a caffè means you’re asking for an espresso. P/S: PITTI means ‘fashion’ in Italian. PITTI CAFFE actually means ‘Fashion Coffee’!

A bar in Italy is actually what we would call a cafe, often confused with caffè. Now you know – a bar (in Italy) is a cafe where you have your caffè.

Alike the bar culture, a cafe in Italy is typically called a bar because most Italians drink their coffee while standing at the bar.

We’re all so accustomed to the lattes found in Singapore that we expect a full coffee with milk drink when we order one. In Italy, if you ask for a cup of latte, you’ll most likely get a cup of milk – cold. In fact, the closest version to that coffee with milk ‘latte’ that we are used to is latte macchiato – hot milk with added coffee. Alternatively, caffè latte should work if you want a cup of coffee with milk.

If you like your coffee strong and long, try a caffè lungo. Similar, but not to be confused with caffè americano – espresso with hot water added to it. Caffè lungo is a pulled espresso where the process is slowed down to give a longer drink.

While coffee is so much a part of Italian culture and Italians do drink a lot of coffee, they do it in small, steady doses. Hence you see the small cups used in cafes for coffee – not the huge sizes that you usually find at famous coffee chains. This also explains the high dispensing platform of our PITTI series of machines designed by Italians to give an authentic Italian experience when you use them – they are very particular with the amount of coffee per cup for the perfect Italian coffee experience.

So the next time you go to Italy, remember, “Prendiamo un caffè?” (“Fancy a coffee?”) is their standard way of greeting and you should try it too!

(Information credit: Walksofitaly and

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