It’s no secret that Italians LOVE coffee. I have been offered coffee morning, noon, and night. One sip in, and it’s not hard to understand why.
I often drink coffee for a daily dose of caffeine. Until Italians showed me the light, drinking coffee was a chore. Here in Ascoli, I am more than happy to order an afternoon or post-dinner espresso.
Today’s adventure was brewing my own cup of joe. Since my wallet is not deep enough to go out every morning, I must settle for coffee at home. This challenge extends beyond purely Italian culture because I have never made coffee in America either. Yikes! This morning, Hannah and I set off to learn the secrets of their coffee pots and uncover their delicious methods. Here’s what we found.
**In Italy, a caffé (coffee) refers to espresso, the main drink. To order a regular coffee, it would be called caffé americano.
Step #1: Fill the bottom of the pot with water.
Step #2: Fill the tray with coffee grounds.
Step #3: Screw top half back on & put over low heat. (It is important the flames don’t go up the side of the pot.)
Step #4: Wait. It will bubble up and fill the top with delicious coffee.
Although I will certainly be stopping at the café for a professional brew, at least I have the skills I need to make my own Italian coffee!
Melanie, Ascoli Piceno Summer 2014