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Jun 29, 2014 04:34 PM

Coffee in Italy

Mentioned this in an old thread after searching but I think more people respond to newer threads. If that's bad form, I apologize.

I love coffee, the smell, the flavor, the ritual. But I cannot handle caffeine. It doesn't wake me up, just sets my heart racing and makes me jittery.

So I must ask: is de caffeinated coffee available routinely? Occasionally? At specific spots? Or pretty much never?

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  1. Yes, caffè decaffeinato is widely available and can be used to make espresso, cappuccino, or anything you like. The most common brand name always used to be Hag, pronounced ahg, and maybe still is (I go for the caffeine).

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    1. Many bars also serve caffè d'orzo (or just "orzo"), a non-caffeinated beverage made from roasted barley.

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      1. re: ghiottone

        That sounds interesting. I had wonderful barley tea at a Korean place once, wonder if the orzo is similar.

        1. re: SueFH

          I dont think so - as I recall the Korean tea is not roasted dark to be like coffee.