How to order coffee in Trieste, Italy’s coastal capital of caffeine

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It’s possible to get coffee in Trieste without knowing much Italian. Ordering “un caffe”, however, will immediately mark you as a tourist. In the north-eastern Italian port city on the Adriatic Sea, coffee is more than a hot beverage. An espresso is called “un nero” (a black one), “un capo” is not a cappuccino but espresso with milk, while “un giocciato” comes with a splotch of milk foam. If you want your coffee in a glass instead of a cup, add a casual “in b” (short for “in bicchiere” which translates as “in a glass”). Coffee is big in Trieste, famous for its traditional coffee houses and con…

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