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Topic: Trieste Cappuccino (3 msgs / 76 lines)
1) From: Ellen Udell
Doing a little "arm chair traveling" and came across this variation.  A cappuccino in Trieste (in the Fruili-Venezia Giulia region of Italy) is espresso with a light layer of foamed milk, often served with a glass of water beside.  What we would call a cappuccino is a "cafe latte", but this book doesn't say what to order if you want a latte.  Trieste also has what they call a "capo in b" or bicchiere which comes in an oversized shot glass with a bit more milk.  And a straight espresso is a "nero".
Apparently Trieste is a big coffe town, with 30% of all coffee coming into the Med coming through there (or so they claim).  It's definately being added to my "must go" list.
Yeah, I'm a big arm chair traveler.  I was actually a geography major as an undergrad, and now I trip the world with my beans.  For each new variety I do some research on the region and enjoy reading about the culture and lay of the land while sipping away. 
Now that I've shared, can someone please tell me what a cafe crema is???
Thanks
Ellen
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2) From: John
Ellen, 
Thanks for taking us along.  I could spend some time in a place like
that!  
On Sat, 2002-09-28 at 10:10, Ellen Udell wrote:
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3) From: Jeffrey A. Bertoia
Andy
I don't think that's it...
I have been to several  parts of Italy (and other places in Europe) and 
have found that
a that an espresso is pretty much always about an oz. (25ml), a 
ristretto is 3/4 oz (19ml)
a lungo is about 1.5 oz (generally 35ml).
A cappa is generally 3 oz and 1 part coffee to 2 parts milk/froth. 
 Their equivalent to a
latte is generally served in 2 parts, 1 oz espresso in a 6 oz cup and 3 
- 5 ozs steamed
(not frothed) milk in a frothing pitcher.  I forget the italian word for 
it but we English
speakers can always order a long coffee.
Generally doubles are not served, if one wants another coffee one orders 
a second.
In Italy this seems to be generally true from Piemonte to Calabria.
I think the variation in the US is primarily due to 2 things:
first -- Bigger is better.  If a cappa is good as 3 ozs then it will be 
better at
6.  Remember this is the land of the Big Gulp (tm).
Second -- We in the US can never leave well enough alone.  We have to
always try to 'improve' it.
I think Ellens desriptions match these traditional ones if you think 
about it.
BTW - Ellen, a cafe crema is a coffee brewed in an espresso machine that is
extacted over 4 - 6 ozs.  It is quite popular in the Netherlands and 
with many
on this list!
jeff
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