Cappuccino, macchiato, Americano — I’m sure you’ve heard of these Italian coffee drinks, but guest blogger Anna Kay, editor of, shares in this post five Italian coffees you may not be familiar with as well as an infographic with 10 rules for drinking coffee in Italy. So, grab a cup of joe, and let’s learn a bit about Italian coffee.

Five Italian Coffees You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Espresso, cafe latte, and cappuccino aren’t new terms for the world. But there are a few Italian coffees that you might not have heard of. Order one of these and you’ll look like a true coffee connoisseur.


HAG is originally the name of a brand of decaffeinated coffee from Germany, but it is now commonly used to order decaf coffee in Italy. In fact, you can add the tag to any of your favorite coffees, e.g. an espresso hag or a cappuccino hag. Pretty cool!


The literal meaning of the word “lungo” is “long”. When you order a lungo, you are basically asking for a drink where once the espresso is poured in the cup, water is passed through the coffee grounds used for making the drink. This means that additional hot water is not added later and what you get is a longer and slightly weaker form of espresso.


Now, this is a very interesting name, isn’t it? If you’re curious to know what a “shakerato” is, it is essentially an iced coffee beverage, prepared the Italian way. It features freshly ground coffee beans shaken with ice before being decanted in a stylish martini glass. When you’re sweating it out on a hot day in Italy, this is the drink you need to get your hands on!


Looking for the perfect post-dinner coffee? Well, you will probably love the corretto. This coffee is a variation of the espresso, but it has a dash of liquor, typically Sambuca, Baileys or grappa. But don’t worry, you can get any sort of alcohol added to your corretto (no rules apply here!).


Here is an espresso topped with a sprinkling of pure cocoa powder and a layer of hot milk. A marocchino is a spicy and creamy form of an espresso and ideal for drinking on winter mornings.

10 Italian Coffee Drinking Rules

Now that you’ve learned about these peculiar types of Italian coffee, you can explore the infographic created by Med Cruise Guide below and learn the unwritten rules of how and when the Italians enjoy their favorite drink!

10 rules to drinking coffee in Italy



Anna Kay is an avid traveler, photographer, and editor at She loves exploring and island-hopping across the Mediterranean and enjoying local food specialties.

Planning to travel to Italy?

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Starting to plan your trip? You’ll find more than 300 articles and blog posts about traveling in Italy on my Pinterest board dedicated to travel in Italy. I also like to browse guidebooks for handy tips as I plan my trips, and I often reach for Lonely Planet. For Italy, Lonely Planet offers guidebooks covering the country as well as individual cities and regions. You’ll find Lonely Planet guidebooks covering Rome, Florence and Tuscany, Southern Italy, Venice and the Veneto, Sicily, and Naples, Pompeii, and the Amalfi Coast. They also have a guide to Italy’s best road trip routes.

Tours & Things To Do In Italy

My favorite resource for finding activities and tours when I travel is Viator. So, I browsed the booking site’s offerings for Italy, and I found some tours where you can taste and learn more about Italian coffee! You can explore the Duomo in Florence on a private two-hour tour that includes a typical Italian coffee break, or see the birthplace of the modern coffeeshop on this Venice tour. In Rome, take a two-hour walking tour to taste coffee, gelato, and tiramisu. In Turin, learn the history behind its historic cafes, or taste a specialty coffee on this walking tour of Polignano a Mare near Bari. Lastly, for coffee lovers with a sweet tooth, satisfy all your cravings on a three-hour culinary tour of Venice’s coffees and desserts.

Here are my top picks for more tours and activities in Italy:

Where To Stay In Italy

For researching hotels, I like to read reviews, browse photos, check availability, and compare room rates on TripAdvisor. So, the following are quick links that will take you directly to a landing page for popular destinations in Italy to start your search.

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Five Italian coffees you may not have heard of! Plus, this post contains an infographic of 10 coffee-drinking rules in Italy.

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