These drinks are further variations on the coffee itself. Most of these drinks can have milk added to them but the important thing about ordering these drinks is specifying how it is brewed – doubled, water added, chilled, reduced!
Caffè Doppio Two shots of espresso, served in a larger cup, tazza grande. Pronunciation: DOHP-peeoh
Caffè Americano A shot of espresso with hot water added and served in the larger tazza. Pronunciation: ah-mehr- ee-CAHN-oh
Caffè Lungo A setting on most espresso machines, more water is being run through the filter, resulting in a “longer” coffee. The consistency and strength is not the same as an espresso. Pronunciation: cahf-FEH LOON-goh Caffè Stretto or Ristretto – Made with less water than a normal espresso, this caffè is served in a demitasse. Pronunciation: cahf-FEH ree-STREHT- toh
Caffè d’Orzo (above) While not technically coffee or espresso, it’s made from orzo, barley, and is a popular alternative to traditional espresso while also being decaffinated. To me it has a nutty, almost chocolaty taste that is subtle and something I enjoy ordering as a change from regular coffee or in late afternoon. It can be ordered as a single, doppio, or macchiato like a normal caffè. It may be made with special pods for the espresso machine or in its own machine. You can see this has some bubbles because the caffè d’orzo is not as thick as a regular caffè. Pronunciation: cahf-FEH DOOR-zoh Caffè Ginseng – Similar to caffè d’orzo in that it’s usually made with a powder or special pods, it’s coffee made with the ginseng root. Pronunciation: cahf- FEH gin-SENG
Caffè Freddo Espresso is left to raffreddare or get cool, or is sometimes refrigerated and served cold or lukewarm.
Caffè HAG Not only is this the most popular brand of decaffeinated coffee in Italy, it can also be a way to indicate a decaffeinated coffee when ordering. It can be ordered as a single, double or macchiato like a normal caffè. Pronunciation:Ahg – the H is silent or if you want to order decaffinato Pronunciation: day-cah-fee-NAH-toh