At the beginning of my life in Trieste, I was a bit confused, when ordering a cappuccino, I was served with a very small cup 🙁
Subsequently I discovered the existence of special terminology for a coffee in Trieste, I’d like to share with you today. Probably this quick guide about how to order coffee in Trieste will be helpful for you while traveling in this city.
So, these are the most widespread coffee drinks and their special triestinian names 🙂
You should order Nero if you would like classical espresso in a small cup. Ask for espresso will not be a mistake: everybody will understand you 🙂 But knowing this specific espresso name can also be helpful while exploring the bar menu.
Nero in B .
Classical espresso in a glass cup or just in a small glass. “In B” means “in bicchiere” (eng. “in glass”). The same espresso, but having ordered it in a glass you would not only enjoy the flavor of good coffee, but would get aesthetic pleasure 🙂
Capo in B .
Special coffee drink that you will find only in Trieste. “Capo in B” is very popular with locals. Early morning in every bar you will find people having traditional triestinian breakfast consisting of “Capo in B” and fresh-baked brioche.
Why triestinians prefer this particular drink to traditional cappuccino? Like all Italians, inhabitants of Trieste are real aesthetes. They like to watch layers of the drink and airy foam that gradually dissolves when stirring with a teaspoon.
Another secret of “Capo in B” is a thin edge of a glass that allows drinking foam at once while in a regular cup it stays at the bottom. But it is a debatable opinion. I personally prefer to finish cappuccino by eating a foam 🙂
In any case, if you are in Trieste, “Capo in B” is a “must try” coffee drink 🙂
Cappuccino or il Capo.
Cappuccino in a small cup or very small cappuccino 🙂 This is also one of Trieste coffee habit. Most tourists make mistakes asking for cappuccino, which in Trieste is other drink. But Capo is also good and worth to try. If you like strong coffee with a drop of milk and airy foam, for sure you will enjoy triestinian cappuccino.
And finally regular cappuccino we got used to. If your favorite drink is Italian cappuccino with dense airy foam, just ask for Caffeelatte. You will be served this gorgeous, delicious drink 🙂
If you like coffee and want to join Trieste’s special coffee culture, find here some recommendations about good coffee shops in Trieste. And enjoy your first “Capo in B” 🙂