Food is one of my passions, a close second to writing. When penning the scenes in the Reschen Valley series, I make sure that my characters eat and drink. Namely, because it is so inherent to the cultures I cover. Regardless of how I inject the art of cuisine into my scenes, I make sure that the details are also historically accurate. This time, I turn to coffee drinking.
It’s been fun discovering how deeply entrenched in our histories some foods and drinks are, so much so, that I have even found places in my series where I can use them to help illustrate cultural conflicts.
When drinking espresso at a bar or serving coffee at home, Italians observe the so-called galateo del caffé. This is their coffee etiquette according to which you need to use nice china cups with plates, to pre-heat the cups and to pour coffee until about two-thirds of the cup is filled. This is served with a glass of water to clean the palate.
Take your seat in an era far removed from daily modern bustle. Your entrance ticket is a cup of coffee, just as it has been for generations.