Bialetti, the Italian maker of the moka pot, a stovetop coffee machine and one of the most iconic kitchen appliances ever created, announced recently that the company is in major trouble—tens of millions of Euros in debt, unpaid salaries and taxes, revenues that are way down and look to be staying that way. In a press release, the company said ther...

Starbucks has opened 28,000 stores worldwide in its 47-year history, becoming a ubiquitous brand in the US and many other markets. But it wasn’t until this year that the chain braved one of the most coffee-conscious countries in Europe: Italy. The company debuted its first Italian location in Milan in September, a high-end Starbucks Reserve Roaster...

In Italy there are many companies that have made the history of the country thanks to their work. They have become the symbol of the city they come from. Their importance is celebrated through the creation of museums and exhibition spaces dedicated to their history. One of these is the Lavazza museum in Turin. Italian Traditions will guide you on t...

Frothy and rich, cappuccino is one of the most popular coffee drinks to date. But how did this beloved coffee get its start? Read on coffee lovers! In Italian, cappuccino literally means "little hood." Legend has it that the popular drink gets its name from the Capuchin friars, who wore hooded robes. Their humble attire had a distinctive reddish-br...

Want to drink Italian coffee according to etiquette? Here are the rules you need to follow on your next espresso break or when serving to family and friends. How to stir Even if you don’t put sugar in your coffee, it is always preferable to stir espresso with a teaspoon so that the aromas are well distributed; according to etiquette, you need to st...

Espresso, that concentrated, knock-your-socks-off coffee served in shot form in a tiny cup, has won its way into America’s coffee-loving hearts. Espresso, the Italian word for “fast,” is the preparation method in which water under pressure is quickly forced through a “puck” of finely ground, tamped coffee beans, which extracts the bean’s most flavo...

Between the end of the 1700s and the beginning of the 1800s, cafés were a place for intellectuals, middle class, aristocrats and the penniless to mingle. Regardless of their status, everyone came in looking for something to eat or drink, a shelter from the cold, or – in the case of artists and writers – a place where ideas could be exchanged and in...

What are the most common coffee drinks Italians order at the café? They almost always involve espresso. Espresso is thicker than coffee brewed by other methods, and, as a result of the pressurized brewing process, the flavors are very concentrated, giving it the typical, unmistakable aroma. It also usually comes out with ‘crema’ on top (foam with a...

It’s well-known that Italians are passionate about coffee; the way it’s prepared though (in addition to the cost of a cup of coffee, much cheaper in the south) changes from region to region, or even from city to city. The main differences are, as in many other aspects of Italian life, between the north and the south. In the south, coffee is preferr...

Over the years, the Italian brewery industry has been struggling to get a firm foothold abroad, as if Made in Italy was not a sufficient guarantee of quality. But in recent times this trend is reversing, thus also progressively confirming craft beer brands. According to latest Assobirra report, exports topped out at a record high (of 2.7 million he...