A new specialty coffee roastery and coffee bar called Dell’Aria has opened in New York City’s East Harlem neighborhood, offering a mix of modern American and classic Italian coffee concoctions. The new shop spreads out over 4,000 square feet of space on East 111th St. between Second and Third Avenues, squarely within the area designated in 2019 as...

Combining two of Italy’s delights — coffee and sunshine — a couple of engineers in Rome have created an environmentally friendly way to roast coffee beans without electricity or gas. Antonio Durbe and Daniele Tummei have spent almost six years building and perfecting their sunlight coffee roaster. The result is a system that needs a piece of land a...

The coffee culture in Italy has existed since coffee beans were first introduced to Italy way back in the 1500s. It’s almost as much a part of the culture as the food! Since then, Italians have perfected the arts of making and drinking coffee — with so many types of coffee in Italy (over 21 Italian coffee drinks listed here alone!) how can this dai...

One legend states that Naples’ coffee culture arose thanks to Maria Carolina of Hapsburg, daughter of Maria Theresa of Austria and wife of King Ferdinand IV. The queen arrived in Naples in the 17th century, when Vienna's refined coffee houses were already institutions in and of themselves. It's no surprise that similar establishments began to appea...

Sicily, land of vineyards, olive trees, citrus fruits but also of coffee. This is the dream of the Morettino family, which for about 30 years has been carrying out an experimental project that has seen the birth and growth of coffee plants on the island, also thanks to a significant climate change we are witnessing. A strong signal received from na...

The University of Florence is offering a master's degree in coffee, where it says students can get an education on every aspect of the coffee-making process, from cultivating coffee plants and the intricacies of the coffee supply chain to preparing a fresh cup. The 9-month-long course begins in January with an inaugural class of 24 students. Though...

Italians love coffee and the country is responsible for introducing the beverage to the rest of Europe. It was the Venetian Republic that first brought the beans to Italy from the Middle East. Venetians instantly fell in love with the brew, but soon the Catholic Church became involved. In 1600, wary of the association with the Ottoman Empire, cleri...

Naples’ pending coffee – ‘o cafè suspiso – is an old tradition that has seen a sort of revival during recent years. The pending coffee is a cup of coffee paid for in advance to the benefit of a stranger. When the client in the bar orders a suspended coffee, they are in fact paying for two cups of coffee: one for themselves, and the other one for a...

Did my use of “rules” and “Italian” in one sentence cause a second glance? Other than keeping that left lane on the Autostrada open for high-speed designer cars, or maybe dutifully respecting the ZTL signs (Zona Traffico Limitato) that come equipped with a stealthy camera, most rules in Italy are made to be bent if not broken. Mere suggestions, as...

I receive a lot of worried messages asking me if it is true that Italians NEVER drink cappuccino after 11 am, and what visitors can do if they really want that coffee fix later in the day. While there is no law in Italy that bans a cappuccino after 11 am, you really won’t find many Italians drinking this milk-heavy coffee after breakfast time. In I...