Italians consume over 70 million cups of coffee per day in 200,000 coffee bars. In Italy, you’ll find a coffee bar in just about every city neighborhood and in every village. Coffee bars are known as a place to get together and discuss topics such as soccer and politics, play cards, and just people-watch. Of all the types of coffee Italians drink,...

What have the Hapsburgs ever done for us? OK, so the answer to that question is perhaps not quite as humourously self-evident as the list of Roman achievements summarily dismissed by John Cleese's disgruntled leader of the "People's Front of Judea" in Monty Python's Life of Brian ("All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education,...

Via Condotti is one of Rome’s most exclusive streets. Lined with designer shops leading up to the Spanish Steps, the elegant road is also home to Rome’s oldest coffee bar – Antico Caffe Greco. Decorated with oil paintings, gilt mirrors and plenty of red velvet – Antico Caffe Greco does feel somewhat like a period cafe. But having been open since 17...

If you can't start your morning without a cup of joe, you're not alone. American's consumption of coffee is up — it's the highest it's been since 2012 — and global exports are too. According to the International Coffee Organization, world coffee exports increased by 17 percent from October 2017 to October 2018, and overall global shipments were 4.2...

The Washington Post has proposed the worst idea I've heard in a while. One of the few things in the world that I do not wish I could magically fix is Italian coffee culture. In fact, I have in the past held it up as a model for the rest of the world, a coffee culture that we would do well to emulate. The prices are affordable, the calorie count is...

With roots dating back to 1933 in Trieste, Italy, Illy Caffe is a new kiosk in the Staten Island Mall’s new food district. Founded by Francesco Illy -- who also invented the illetta, an espresso machine -- the cafe serves up a bevy of coffees, lattes, iced flavored coffee drinks, cappuccinos and espressos, as well as a menu filled with Italian sand...

The word cappuccino means, literally, small hood, but of course we think of coffee when we hear it. Or friars, and the link is not haphazard at all. You all know how the story goes: every morning, on the way to work, Italy stops at her favorite bar for a quick cappuccio e brioche, the ultimate Italian breakfast. If you like it light, with only a hi...

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...