We’re halfway through our trip and it seems as if it was only yesterday when we landed in Rome and made our way into a café for a typical Italian breakfast - coffee and a selection of breads. Locals pop in, grab an espresso, chug, chat a bit and head out — all in 5 minutes.
Italy really is espresso country. Any place that serves coffee will have a decent espresso machine, a triple or quadruple group (because they serve that many cups of classic espresso), and can pull a good shot, at any time of day, for €0.90. It’s about that price...anywhere. As if the government regulates espresso prices OR most likely, the locals will revolt if you try to price it higher. Espressos here are 100% Arabica. Dark roast...yes...but perfectly done for a good espresso — balanced, smooth and just the right temperature. From autogrills, to osterias and even a specialty cafe, the espresso quality and price is pretty consistent. Needless to say, I’m a happy camper. Even just watching the cacophony at the bar is delightful!