12 July 2010

ordering caffe :: the states vs. italy

I've always been amused by the huge difference of experiences in coffee shops in the States and the bars in Italy. Sometimes I like the extra choices, but many times I'm in the mood for simplicity. Here are some recent scenes from the past couple of months, both which are quite standard...

US COFFEE SHOP

BARISTA: Hi! Welcome to _____. What can we get for you today?

ME: (looking over the menus...posted on the wall over the counter, the "specials" board on the floor, and the "monthly flavor" flyer by the cash register) Um, the special flavor "Cherry Mocha" sounds good. How can I get that?

BARISTA: You can get it however you want! We can make a coffee, iced coffee, espresso, double shot espresso, cappuccino, latte, iced latte, macchiato, iced macchiato, frappe, or blended frappuccino.

ME: Oh, wow....um ok. I think I'll try the cappuccino.

BARISTA: Ok! What size would you like? We have tall, grande, or venti.

ME: I'd just like the small one.

BARISTA: Now, what kind of milk would you like? Whole milk, half-and-half, cream, skim milk, 1%, 2%, non-fat, soy...

ME: 2% is fine.

BARISTA: regular or decaf?

ME: regular. ...and you can leave off any extra cream or sprinkles.

BARISTA: Alright! Can I get your name?

ME: sure, it's Erin.

BARISTA: Ok, Erin! (writing my name on a plastic coated paper cup) We'll have that right out to you shortly!

ME: Thanks!

BARISTA: (30 seconds later, calling from behind the bar) ORDER FOR ERIN! WE HAVE A TALL CHEERY MOCHA HOT REGULAR CAPPUCCINO WITH 2% AND NO WHIP!



ITALIAN BAR

BARISTA: Buongiorno. (good morning/day, etc)

ME: Salve. (hi)

BARISTA: Dimmi. (literally "tell me")

ME: un marrocchino per favore.

BARISTA: un marrocchino...
...(a minute later while putting the drink on the bar in front of me) Prego.

ME: Grazie!



So different. They both make me smile.

11 comments:

chicajones said...

This made me smile :)

janie said...

So cute!

LindyLouMac said...

It gets better when the barista knows you in Italy your normal order is delivered before you have a chance to say more than buongiorno :)

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Romerican said...

I'm with you on this, I love them both. Both different, both great in their own way!

Beatriz Macias said...

Love them both too. I usually don't have to order either... they know what I have :)

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

hilarious!

Katester said...

This is why I love our local Italian coffee shop. Everything is created very deliberately so I'll take the few minutes extra wait every time. It's like watching them make art each time I order a coffee, and until you tell them otherwise, they're going to make it how they normally make it!

Valerie said...

So true! The thing I love about Italy's version though is that after a couple days in the same coffee bar you only have to say, "il solito" to get just what you want!

thelovesproutstories said...

I completely forgot to tell you how much this post made me laugh! I love it!

Blue is in Fashion this Year said...

Ahah that's so funny! (I'm Italian)

But I don't like it that much that the US baristas shout out your name and order :D

And that in Italy there's a poor coffee choice :D