I was fortunate to spend a few weeks in Italy recently.
The coffee and the coffee culture are both wonderful.
Even the seediest and most unassuming lttle joints seem incapable of making a bad cup of coffee. Tiny espresso shots are most often what the \"locals\" seem to prefer---usually spiked with large lumps of sugar. No paper cups!! No BIG North American style \"grandes\"...just beautiful little china cups of espresso or cappucino,or..... served up at the bar or at a little table and always at a reasonable price ( well you pay in Euros!!!...so it seems reasonable) AND important to me anyway, since I enjoy cappucino--always with real milk, unlike some other European countries who seem to have an unhealthy fascination with quasi-milk--the kind that lasts forever on the grocery store shelf without refrigeration BUT always tastes kind of funny.