14 Things You Need to Know About Ordering and Drinking Coffee in Italy from 14 Things You Need to Know About Ordering and Drinking Coffee in Italy

14 Things You Need to Know About Ordering and Drinking Coffee in Italy

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14 Things You Need to Know About Ordering and Drinking Coffee in Italy

Never forget that, as in fashion, design, cooking, and, yes, coffee, in Italy, non è la quantità ma la qualità — it’s quality rather than quantity that matters. From the beans to the coffeehouse décor and the porcelain cups for each precious drop, Italians never stint on the experience.

While their sophisticated ease of ordering and imbibing may seem second nature, Italian coffee culture isn’t a recent phenomenon. It’s a practiced set of traditions and rituals that have evolved over four centuries, beginning in Venice. Coffee came to this ancient Mediterranean city-state via trade with Muslims in the sixteenth century; according to a report to the senate prepared by Gianfranceso Morosini in 1585, the ambassador to Constantinople, coffee was already available in the city.

To make sure you don’t misstep, here are some things you need to know about ordering and drinking coffee in Italy.