How to coffee in Naples:
A must-do in Naples that is fraught with difficulties for the tourist or immigrant such as myself. While I, and my holidaying visitors, normally opt for the slightly more expensive option of table service and cappuccinos - you should definitely try coffee Neapolitan style at least once on your trip. So, in order for you to stroll in like a seasoned pro, here is your step-by-step guide:
1. First you would have already very discernibly chosen your coffee shop for its excellent coffee and the employees quick coffee making prowess (psst, hint: read our next post on coffee bars and cafes in Naples).
2. You will stroll in, go to the till and ask for "un caffe" with a few extra "per favores" and "grazies" thrown in there if you are anything like me. This should usually cost between one euro and one euro fifty.
3. You then take the receipt they offer you and take it to the bar where, if it is quiet, the person will already be readying your espresso and laying out a saucer and spoon. If the bar is very busy, you will find yourself waving your receipt along with several others.
4. Having been given your espresso, you will rapidly stir to cool it and then just as rapidly drink up. The water you have been given will either have been already drunk, or drained post coffee. Either way someone will tell you you did it in the wrong order. You may also have been asked whether you prefer 'minerale' or 'frizzante' - fizzy - or 'naturale'.
5. Finally, you will leave as quickly as you came in. Now a cool, coffee drinking Neapolitan.
Awkwardly not every bar is the same, some will call over rather than bothering with receipts, others are happy for you to order from the bar (more like I am used to) but the majority work on the above system. Just walk in casually, confidently, test out your Italian and, most importantly, enjoy your coffee.
Happy caffeine fuelling tutti,
Some phrases for today:
Un caffè - one coffee (an espresso unless stated otherwise)
Due caffè - ditto, but two of them
Espresso - small, strong shot of coffee in a tiny cup
How much? - Quanto costa
Can I have? - Posso avere?
Questa/o - This
Grazie - Thank you
Per favore - Please (because I love some politeness - speaking of which, don't miss our next blog post!)