I can’t imagine spending a day in Italy without indulging in a simple cup of dark, nutty espresso or sipping it through a cloud of airy cappuccino foam. When in Italy, I often have the impression that without espresso, the country would simply shut down. Though coffee was not invented in Italy, Italians can certainly take credit for creating and propagating the culture of coffee consumption.
Whereas coffee is usually an afterthought to a meal or a way to “make it through the morning” in the U.S., it is a priority and a part of the culture in Italy- so much so that many Italians will leave a restaurant after dinner if they know the brew is sub-par and head to a bar down the street for their after dinner cup of coffee.
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