Posted in Kafevend Blog
It is perhaps easiest to get
across how much more in tune with coffee the Italians are than us
with one little fact: What we call an espresso, to them, is "un
caffe"- coffee. That's right- that tiny shot of concentrated
coffee we might hazard to sip on occasion, to them is standard fare.
sweeping generalisations inbound>> Italians prefer to drink
coffee at their favourite bars, even going so far as to have a
favourite barista ( an individual who serves coffee at such an
establishment). When going to a bar is out of the question however,
most will use something known as a Moka, a stovetop brewer, to make
their own coffee at home. They often do so in the morning, and the
breakfast brew they make is typically a milky one- and the only milky
coffee they will probably have that day, as they like their coffee
black after lunch or dinner.
Coffee arrived in
Britain and Italy only a few years apart in the middle of the 17th
century and became popular in both countries, with large numbers of
coffee houses springing up around the nations. However, the British
drink of choice was set to change when Queen Anne, the wife of King
Charles II, brought tea with her to England when Charles reclaimed
the throne. Tea quickly became the drink of choice amongst
aristocracy, eager to conform to the Royalty's preferences. Coffee
remained more popular amongst the lower classes for a time, but by
the middle of the 18th century, tea drinking became
widespread with the large quantities of tea and sugar that were
imported into Britain.
These days, whilst tea
remains the favourite national beverage in the UK, coffee has
undoubtedly regained its popularity and the rapid growth in Italian
style espresso bars confirms its growing status and its move away
from lower quality instant.