Yes, Italians Will Judge You Based on What Time You Order a Cappuccino

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Let’s just say, Italians have a particular way of doing things—especially when those things involve food or coffee. When you visit Italy for the first time, you might be itching to try your favorite coffee drink, so you might not care what time of day it is, but Italians do! There are many unwritten rules regarding when and how you drink a coffee in Italy, and it’s important to understand them before you visit, so that you don’t scream ‘tourist’. 

One of the tastiest coffee drinks is undoubtedly a cappuccino. Made with equal amounts of espresso, steamed milk, and milk foam, this drink is just about perfect when made well. It’s not too strong, but not too weak—making it the perfect way to enjoy a cup of coffee. As long as you drink it at the right time.

Italians love their cappuccinos, but it is strictly a morning coffee. If you want to enjoy a cappuccino in Italy, make sure you either order it before or during your breakfast, or else you’ll risk the disapproving look of the barista or server! In fact, Italians don’t drink any milky coffee after around 11am, because it’s considered too heavy–especially after a meal!