The history of Italian Coffee

As you sit sipping your morning coffee you might be surprised to learn you have a humble 10th century goatherd to thank for your breakfast drink. Legend has it that a young Ethiopian called Kaldi noticed his goats were full of energy after nibbling on the red berries of the coffea plant and decided to try some himself. The bitter tasting berries did act as a pick me up so Kaldi took some to a monk in the local monastery. Disgusted by the bitter taste, the monk threw the berries in the fire. The aroma of roasting beans was so delicious they were quickly raked from the flames and the first cup of coffee was brewed from them. Before long coffee had become a popular morning drink across northern Africa.

For seven hundred years “the wine of Arabia” remained largely an African secret. Then explorers brought coffee beans from Egypt to Venice. At first only wealthy Venetians could afford to try the new beverage. The heathen drink was also frowned upon by the church until Pope Clement VIII tasted his first cup of coffee and decided it would be a sin to deny it to the people. In around 1683 the first coffee house appeared on a Venetian street. Before long, cafés were springing up everywhere and coffee had become the favourite Italian breakfast drink.

Until the 19th century café patrons had to wait up to five minutes for their coffee to be brewed. When Angelo Moriondo invented a machine to speed up the process by forcing steam through tightly packed coffee grounds the queues became shorter and the coffee became stronger and more aromatic. The espresso, as we know it today, had been born and Italians have been enjoying it ever since. Now, thanks to Espressopedia, brewing the perfect cup of coffee is even simpler using compatible capsules containing the best Italian coffee, you can have the authentic taste of a Venetian café in your own home in next to no time. Whether you use Lavazza A Modo Mio, Nespresso, Nescafe Dolce Gusto, Caffitaly, Verismo, K-fee or Podpronto machines, or prefer the bean to cup method, there is an option of compatible Italian Coffee for you.

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