Specialty coffee is fluent in Italian, the common tongue of the worldwide espresso boom. It also chats in Spanish, Japanese, Swedish, Greek and Turkish. The interplay of global cultures is enriching the coffee experience in America.
This summer, sultry temperatures are making Italian-style iced coffees like caffe shakerato — espresso rattled with ice in a cocktail shaker until frosty and foamy — veritable lifesavers. In fact, one out of five patrons orders a shakerato at