Italians take their coffee very seriously, and we only use the best at Giolitti Deli! Come in to try our espresso, cappuccinos, or lattes made with Lavazza coffee, or buy the whole beans or ground coffee to make at home! Continue reading to learn more about National Coffee Day, celebrated this Sunday on September 29, and Italian coffee culture.
National Coffee Day
This Sunday is National Coffee Day, and in addition to drinking the delicious beverage, you can celebrate by learning all about the history of coffee. Although coffee originated in ancient Ethiopia, it became a commodity used for trade and commerce in Arabia’s Yemeni district in the 15th century. It continued to grow in popularity throughout the Middle East during the 16th century, and European traders introduced it to the continent in the 17th century. By the mid-1600s, the British brought coffee to modern-day New York City, and the morning craving in America is born!
Italian Coffee Culture
Enjoying coffee is a daily routine in Italy, but it is a little different than how we drink coffee in America. For example, it’s very common to get your hot or iced coffee to-go in the U.S., but to-go cups are essentially nonexistent in Italy. This is because the coffee experience is designed to be social, rather than on your own on the way to work. Also, Italians drink certain coffees in the morning that they wouldn’t drink in the afternoon. In Italy, you may start your morning with a milky coffee, such as a cappuccino, caffè latte, or latte macchiato, but you wouldn’t order one of these drinks after lunch.
While we are used to plain coffee in America, espresso is very popular in Italy. A caffè is appropriate at any time of day (often more than once) and is simply a strong shot of espresso. Italians have also created a variety of alternatives to the powerful taste of espresso. A caffè macchiato is an espresso drink with a splash of frothy milk that can be enjoyed at any time of day. The caffè americano was made after trying drip coffee in the U.S., as Italians created a drink made with espresso diluted with hot water. The caffè lungo is similar to an americano but is made with less water, so it is for those who love the taste of espresso. At Giolitti Deli, we carry Italy’s favorite coffee brand Lavazza, so be sure to stop by and try it for yourself!
Authentic Italian Cuisine From Giolitti Deli
Giolitti Deli is a full-service Delicatessen in Annapolis, MD, specializing in authentic Italian cuisine. Founded in 1992, we use the freshest ingredients to make time-honed recipes from scratch, with no MSG or preservatives. We believe in real food and offer many healthy options, including vegetarian and vegan menu items. At Giolitti Deli, we make our own sauces, mozzarella, grilled and roasted vegetables, bread, pizza dough, and desserts, and our sandwiches, salads, pasta, pizza, and entrees are made to order. Owner Mary Giolitti has combined her passion for great food and fine wine to offer Annapolis a true taste of Italy!
Team members who also make the business possible include Manager Kathy Hunter, Manager and Catering Director Cheryl Molesky, Head Baker Porfirio Diaz, Chef Alfredo Escobar, and Deli Manager Noe Merino. To contact us, please visit our contact page or give us a call at 410.266.8600. Also, be sure to keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and our blog!