Coffee or caffe as it is called in Italian, is a very important part of the day here in Rome. You will find it available in every restaurant and bar. It is as common as water but there are loads of different flavours and lots of different ways it can be served.
Treat yourself to a caffe latte (hot milk mixed with coffee) in a glass for breakfast or a cappuccino which is also usually had in the morning. And if you are to stay in our cosy Yes Hotel you will be able to taste real italian coffee at its best when having your complimentary breakfast in the morning.
Be careful when ordering a caffe. You will be served coffee in what looks like a cup from a childâ€™s tea set. Complete with a miniature saucer and spoon. You have just asked for an espresso. You know the saying that dynamite comes in small packages. You have just ordered a lot of dynamite in a really small package. This cup even though it is really small should keep you on the go for hours so it should be impossible for you to run out of energy while you are touring during the day. Another nice way to have a coffee if it is really hot is to order a caffe freddo (iced coffee) or a granita di caffe con panna (coffee with shaved ice and topped of with whipped cream).
There are a lot of good coffee houses in the city centre. They all have their own special blends of coffee and they also sell their own coffee beans.
Another great idea would be to buy an original Italian coffee machine. Bialetti make without a doubt the best and most durable coffee pots on the market. They are operated manually and are a pleasure to use. They can be bought in loads of shops and the closest one being the SIR supermarket. Located a short walk down the road from the hotel in Piazza Indipendenza and the American Embassy in Rome.
Sizes range from a 1 shot all the way to huge 12 shot pots. Just look for the Lâ€™Omino (Little Man) with his moustache and his hat and you canâ€™t go wrong.
Another thing is to keep your eyes peeled for would be to buy some good coffee to use in your new pot. You can buy fresh beans or go for the supermarket pre-packed stuff its up to you.
You canâ€™t come to Rome without trying the coffee. It is good the whole year round!
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