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Is it possible to find American coffee in Italy?

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image source – flickr.com/photos/epsos

Yes, but not everywhere.

If you walk into any restaurant or bar in Italy and order a coffee (un caffé), what you will get is an espresso. Coffee, as we know it in the States, is a bit hard to find. Hotels and B&Bs in cities with a large amount of American tourists are a sure bet for a cup of joe, but you’re likely out of luck when dining out.

What is widely available is a caffé Americano. Despite its name, a caffé Americano is not an American coffee. It is an espresso served with hot water. Okay, so it’s not exactly the same thing, but when in Rome (literally).

Something to know…coffee shops (or bars, as they are called in Italy) never offer free refills on coffee, so if you want another caffé Americano, you’re going to have to pay for it.

Are there some tricks to making the perfect cup of coffee with my Bialetti moka pot?

moka

Yes.

Most Italian households have some version of the moka pot. While it is very easy to use, there are some tricks that can bring your Italian coffee to the next level. The good people over at Yuppiechef.com have written a wonderful step-by-step guide that says it all (with pictures!):

http://www.yuppiechef.com/spatula/how-to-make-great-coffee-with-your-moka-pot/

Enjoy!