The word Coffee (It. caffè) has several cultural and traditional meanings. The loved nectar of the gods, the Italian national beverage par excellence – as wine, of course! 😉 – is a multi-sensory experience.
#1 COFFEE AS A WARM MORNING HUG
When an Italian woman (or man) wakes up in the morning, she/he knows very well there is only a way to really stay awake! Did you guess? An espresso, what else? 🙂
Early in the morning we know there are 3 basic steps:
1. place the moka pot (It. macchinetta del caffè) over a low flame,
2. pour coffee into a ceramic espresso cup*,
3. taste your coffee alone.
*if you love ceramic espresso cups go to point #3!
In Italy if you are non morning-people, the smell of freshly brewed coffee will wake you up and permeate around your house!
If you are lucky and your loved mate is romantic, you will taste your morning coffee in bed!
#2 COFFEE AS A TRAVEL PARTNER
Many Italian people – when they take a short break or a long holiday – cannot stay too far from the much-loved moka pot…a real travel partner! If you have to move abroad, you cannot live without a moka pot…it must come with you!
When you live abroad, an espresso coffee has a different taste…it is nostalgia, family, memories and friends. Tasting a coffee – when your feet are not on native ground – means being at home for a while!
#3 COFFEE AS A GIFT
Do you remember when we talked about the “espresso cup” at point #1 [COFFEE AS A WARM MORNING HUG]?
The good Italian espresso has many important features but one of them is essential…the ceramic cup! The espresso cup is the first kitchen item Italian people touch in the morning. It has to instill happiness, to help you to start a fresh new day.
Would you like to personalise your espresso cup?
Close your eyes for a moment and think about your kitchen, its shape and colours…
…now open your eyes and tell me which of these decorations will best match your kitchen and morning mood?
Every decoration has very old origins [Read more here].
Have you ever thought to give yourself an entirely handmade product? Think for a while how your kitchen (or your home) could be more beautiful with products made expressely for YOU! [click here to see all the KITCHEN accessories]
Have you ever thought to give someone you love an entirely handmade gift? Imagine the happiness of your loved ones when they will open their gift finding out something special for them!
Personalising a gift means that you have spent time to make something unique and special for someone you love!
#4 COFFEE AS MEETINGS
In Italy an espresso coffee is the best way – or excuse? 😉 – to meet your friends or to date a girl or a boy.
“Andiamo a prendere un caffè!” (En. Let’s go get some coffee!) is both the typical Italian way to meet a friend or to know each other, and a short break at work! In every Italian workplace there is a floor standing coffee machine (or a simple coffee machine) but people use disposable cups for convenience.
Have you ever thought to bring personalised cups in your workplace?
Drinking coffee during a break at work has many benefits: you can relax for a while, make a meeting more productive or be more creative! 😉
#5 COFFEE AS A MULTI-SENSORY EXPERIENCE
An Italian espresso coffee is a multi-sensory experience which can rewaken your 5 senses…don’t you believe it?
#1 HEARING: when a coffee starts to come out in the hot moka pot, it cheerfully ‘sings’…heavenly music for Italian ears!
#2 SMELL: when you open the lid of the moka pot, the aroma of a good coffee will permeate around your kitchen, a unique smell!
#3 SIGHT: when pouring the coffee into the ceramic cup, you can see the typical dark colour of the Italian espresso!
#4 TOUCH: in Italy we like tasting piping-hot* coffee into ceramic cup in order to get longer our coffee moments!
#5 TASTE: while your cup is empty, there is a bitter taste into your mouth…the typical taste of a traditional Italian coffee!
* If you want to keep your coffee hotter longer, place the ceramic cups in hot water just before you start brewing the espresso
…if you love sugar in your coffee, how many spoons? 😉