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5 Rules to Drink Espresso Like an Italian

5 Rules to Drink Espresso Like an Italian | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

A Roman institution since 1938, Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè brews 2,000 cups of espresso a day. Co-owner Roberto Ricci shows us how to fit in with the caffeinated locals. [...]

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Here 5 Rules to Drink Espresso Like an Italian, and I add my 6th.

One of the worst things you should never do that, unfortunately, many Italians do is ask for a glass of water to clean the mouth and teeth from becoming brown.
The espresso is small in portion but very strong to give a prolonged taste in the mouth. Why else would we drink it so "ristretto"?

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Norman Peires's curator insight, August 30, 2015 12:37 PM

Just don't order a cappuccino at any time other than breakfast!

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Exploring Traditions in Milan’s Café Scene

Exploring Traditions in Milan’s Café Scene | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

World travelers in pursuit of rich coffee experiences could theoretically journey to any corner of the globe and soak up the local café culture. But if there’s one destination that every caffeine-fueled itinerary should include, it has to be Italy. But to us coffee lovers, Italy is best known as the birthplace of espresso, and few cities are as linked to its history as Milan. [...]

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Growing Up Italian: Caffe'latte, a Big Bang Theory

Growing Up Italian: Caffe'latte, a Big Bang Theory | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

When one is born Italian, he/she is supposed to like coffee, wine and animal organs (in this order) as if it were part of the natural genetic patrimony. Caffelatte (Milk and coffee) is what I grew up having  for breakfast as a child.

Coffeeee???!! Asks those I share the information with, now concerned for my extravagant childhood. Yes, as a child, I had a  dab of espresso in my morning milk- Plasmon Biscotti to go with it. That was the breakfast of champions. Every day, every morning. Never got tired of it. [...]

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Italian coffee culture: a guide - Telegraph

Italian coffee culture: a guide - Telegraph | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
If you don't want to be taken for a tourist in Italy, you should drink coffee as and when the locals do.

Coffee is so much a part of Italian culture that the idea of not drinking it is as foreign as the idea of having to explain its rituals. These rituals are set in stone and not always easy for outsiders to understand.

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Ristretto Yourself

Ristretto Yourself | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

In espresso talk ristretto, also known as a “corto”, is a very “short” shot of espresso coffee achieved by pulling the shot faster than usual using the same amount of water as a regular shot of espresso. Since the water comes in contact with the ground beans for a shorter period of time the resulting drink is a very strong concentrated espresso coffee, much bolder and fuller with more body.

The technique of pulling a ristretto results in a “restricted pour” with a smaller espresso shot (less than 3/4 of an ounce). A regular shot of espresso is pulled to one ounce or 1 and 1/4 ounce. The expert hand that it takes to make a well-crafted ristretto translates into everything from sofas to bikes to laptop bags  as designers take inspiration from their morning espresso with the belief that less is more.

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Samantha Cristoforetti sips first fresh espresso in space

Samantha Cristoforetti sips first fresh espresso in space | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

The first Italian woman in space is now the world's first orbiting barista.

Over the weekend, astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti fired up the first espresso machine in space. She posted a photo of herself on Twitter from the International Space Station on Sunday, sipping from a cup designed for use in zero-gravity.

For the special occasion, she put on her "Star Trek" uniform top.

"Coffee: the finest organic suspension ever devised," Cristoforetti said via Twitter, quoting from the old TV series, "Star Trek: Voyager. " [...]

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The Italian Secret of Longevity | Coffee and Your Health

The Italian Secret of Longevity | Coffee and Your Health | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

You would be hard pressed to find another beverage besides coffee whose health benefits or concerns are more controversial. It seems with each passing year, coffee is hailed as either medicine or poison, but this year it seems the findings have been positive. Let’s take a look at a few recent conclusions. [...]

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  • Coffee May Prevent and Treat Alzheimer’s
  • Coffee May Help Diabetics
  • Caffeine Used to Fight Skin Cancer
  • Coffee Helps Hepatitis C Patients
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Teo Rui Ling's curator insight, February 22, 2015 9:35 AM

I was really surprised after reading the article. I have always thought that drinking caffeine makes one dull and slow, but it can actually treat illnesses such as skin cancer or even Alzheimer's! Maybe coffee can do one good too. But it is still good to keep the quantity moderate, as too much can also do bad. Overall, this piece of news encouraged me to continue to drink more caffeine as I was afraid that I would become dull in the future if i consumed too much. Nevertheless, we ought to take in more caffeine as prevention is better than cure, for example; preventing one from getting Alzheimer's.

 

 

Eben Lenderking's curator insight, February 25, 2015 4:47 AM

One man's medicine is another man's poison.

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Italian Espresso Expands Into Space

Italian Espresso Expands Into Space | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Italian-style espresso coffee has devotees around the world, with a growing number of people abandoning a regular cup of coffee for the thicker brew. Now, Italian coffee machine makers are working to create a device that will be able to produce espresso in weightless conditions on the International Space Station. [...]

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The Space Station Is Getting A Coffee Machine

The Space Station Is Getting A Coffee Machine | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Italian companies Argotec and Lavazza have teamed up to bring hot coffee to the International Space Station.
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Antonietta Sarao's curator insight, June 7, 2015 11:13 AM

“During #Futura42 I’ll get to operate the first space espresso machine!” tweets Samantha Cristoforetti, the very first woman that will make a coffee in the space! ISSpresso is the name of the high-tech machine that will make it possible..