Do You Know How to Properly Order and Drink Coffee?

From South America to Europe, coffee is an essential ingredient to start the day. Whether it's an espresso or a cappuccino, few things are more welcome than that initial morning jolt of caffeine.

But do you know the origin and culture surrounding your favorite caffeinated beverage? Did you ever stop to think that perhaps the Italian name means something other than "wake up time?"

Espresso: A 19th Century Invention

Coffee was introduced to Europe in the 17th century. However, it was not until the 19th century with the advent of steam-powered coffee machines that espresso beverages appeared on the scene.

So how did this new invention change things up?

The difference between the two types of caffeination is that coffee sits around and is pre-prepared, while espresso is made expressly for you when you order it. For this reason, espresso was christened as such.

To get a really good espresso though, freshness is not the only key. Marco Eskandar, the owner of the Roman landmark Er Baretto café, told NPR that there are 5 M's to create a really good shot of espresso.

"It's the 5 M's. Miscela -- blend; macchina, the coffee machine; macinino, the grinder; manutenzione, machine maintenance; and mano, the skill of the barista."

The Classic Cappuccino

Once you have a good base, then you can begin to create masterpieces like cappuccinos and macchiatos.

Interestingly, the name of each of these drinks is telltale. Cappuccinos are a blend of espresso and milk named for the color of the robes of Capuchin monks. Macchiatos by contrast are shots of espresso that is merely stained with milk to make a boldly blended beverage.

Not only do cappuccinos have an interesting naming history, but their consumption is also heavily regulated by cultural norms. No one drinks cappuccinos in the afternoon. It is considered only a breakfast beverage.

According to NPR, "Elizabeth Minchilli--an American who writes about Italian food, wine, and culture--says this unwritten law derives from a national obsession with digestion."

"I don't think after a meal you would have a warm cup of milk," she says. Echoing the Italian coffee mantra, she says, "It's pesante, it's heavy!"

She goes on to warn us Americans that a latte is a unique part of our culture. God forbid you try to order it outside of our 50 states. If you order one in Italy, you're more likely to get a glass of milk than a coffee beverage.

The Cultural Divide

The most interesting thing about the difference in coffee culture between Italy and America, however, is the Italians' insistence that espresso is a social beverage.

"It's always this social occasion, whether it is in the morning, afternoon, or 6 in the evening, and there are rituals that go along with it," says Minchilli. The most common ritual is drinking your coffee while standing at a café bar and chatting with your neighbors.

Don't worry, in Italy, your selection is not limited to the classics. You can also get drinks like a caffé corretto, an espresso corrected with a shot of grappa or cognac, or a shakerato, a shot of espresso in an ice-filled cocktail shaker that is then agitated until it's foamy.

Perhaps the best coffee treat, however, is the Granita di Caffé. It's a frozen mix of coffee, sugar, and water usually served with a big dollop of whipped cream on top. Leave it to the Italians to find a way to enjoy their beloved espresso, even in the heat of summer!

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