Have coffee with me, but not how the Italians have it

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Guest post by Katja Presnal

Cappucino in Italy

I am excited to guest post here today, in fact, I really would like to invite you to make a big cup of coffee, and take some time for yourself, and check out Skimbaco Lifestyle’s first magazine issue, and virtually travel around the world by reading the stories of afternoon tea in England, or where in Italy the cover photo of the magazine was taken.


When I posted the cover photo for my European friends to see, the intuitive response was that it was a morning picture. Sitting down, getting ready for an adventure and planning the day ahead. In fact, it was taken on an afternoon, because I was doing it all wrong… I was drinking a cappucino on the afternoon in Italy, a big no-no! Coffee with milk, whether it’s a cappucino or a cafe latte, are typically only drank on the mornings in Italy.

In fact, I took a food tour in Venice once and our guide said “If I ate a pizza and had a cappucino for dessert, I would vomit for a week!”  True indeed, Italians don’t mix heavy foods like pizza or pasta with a lot of dairy, and ordering a coffee with milk close to lunch or dinner time is almost not acceptable, well, for the locals anyways.


Coffee drinks with milk are for the mornings, and the rest of the day Italians do short visits to cafes to get a quick coffee. In Italy, when you order a “cafe”, it automatically means a tiny cup of espresso, but for Americans they often specify, do you really just want “cafe” or would you like an “Americano” which is more like the regular coffee we drink, but even that is an espresso with hot water added.

The coffee shops typically don’t have many tables, but they have a long bar, and people stop just for a quick espresso, drink it by standing, and then continue about their day. Bakeries, restaurants and gelaterias, the ice cream shops, are a different thing, and you can sit and have a cappucino in those as well. Most cafes will of course make you a latte or cappucino on any time of the day, but just remember one thing if you want a latte, order a “cafe latte”. “Latte” in Italian means milk, and you might end up getting just a hot milk! (Don’t ask me how I know!)

I hope you will get that big cup of coffee now, and have some time to sit down, and enjoy it, and perhaps read more stories from our magazine. Just don’t make it a quick espresso, but give yourself some time to relax!

Guest post by Katja Presnal, editor-in-chief of Skimbaco Lifestyle, a global lifestyle magazine inspiring you to live life to the fullest. You can also follow Katja’s travel photos on Instagram as Skimbaco.

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  1. joanna garcia says

    OMG i would love to go to Italy! how nice for you to go! LOL they must laugh at our american customs! I totally agree though coffee w milk and pizza, blah lol Thanks for the info and hope you enjoyed your trip!

  2. Bianca T says

    What a fun article. I am familiar with the American culture of coffee as I was a barista for over 6 years, but how I’d love t see how I’d blunder with te Italians 😉

    • says

      What a fun job that must have been! I always dreamed of owning a coffee shop, but went with an online biz instead. The culture in Italy is different, and people are super picky with their coffee, but they don’t have the zillion different coffee drinks like in the US!

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