IL CAFFÈ ESPRESSO
Next time you will be dying for an Espresso you have two choices. You can grab one at Starbucks and pretend that you are drinking an espresso or you can start to find out how to make an Authentic one at home.
Every morning in Italy, starts with caffè: Espresso, Cappuccino, Macchiato. You can either drink coffee at the Italian bar or at home, what really matter is to enjoy your coffee ritual and take your time.
Espresso beats the time in the Italians' life. When the intense caffè smell comes from the kitchen, you know it is time to wake up. Believe me, once you will smell it, you will never forget it.
For the most of us, coffee smell means home, family, childhood and for many people (for me as well) brew an espresso as first thing in the morning is a Zen ritual. Then there is the after-meal Espresso, mid-afternoon Espresso and Espresso when a friend comes over to my place.
Well, here is the thing. If you go to visit an Italian friend in Italy and he/she decides to introduce you to his/her family and relatives (and we are sure he/she will do that), eventually you will have to drink from 4 to 5 espresso per day. Every time you will step into a house, you will receive the same question “Posso offrirti un caffè? ( “Would you like a coffee?”). Usually, the answer "NO" is not an option. Anyway, your answer probably would not matter, people will act as you would have said yes and they will start preparing coffee with their old Moka. Because in Italy coffee means hospitality.