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coffee question

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coffee question

ok, just a general (silly) question on Italian coffee to end an argument. I've been researching online, but haven't had a definitive answer yet, so thought I'd go to the source, well close enough anyway!

In an Italian cafe...when making a Cafe Americano, is more water run through the machine than when making an espresso giving you a bigger coffee OR is an espresso made normally and then plain hot water is added after? If it's the former, what is the latter one called...cafe lungo? Or is there no such thing.

I think the coffee gets bitter the longer you run water though the ground beans, so that's why we are wondering if its just added after it's made.

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Answers to coffee questions, including yours:

yourguidetoitaly.com/types-of-italian-coffee…

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More water running is a caffè lungo and I think that it get a little bitter too.

You can order a caffè doppio meaning two regular espresso in a cappuccino cup and it's high in caffeine but good.

My bar bought the americano coffee machine, so we start seeing it in Italy too.

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Thank you for the list MOM Cat I've seen others like this and sometimes they say water is added after and sometimes it says no, that's why I wanted to check with some locals.

Thanks Tabata! Good luck with the coffee machine, the tourists will like it! :)

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Probably because it may not be made the same way in each place; I couldn't say because I don't drink it -

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Mom,

Great! Thanks,

I never saw that site.

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I know - it's a nifty site - I just shoot that off whenever I get asked about coffee in Italy - so much easier than trying to explain it all.

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