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Coffee: The Italian Connection

Coffee was first introduced to Italy in the 1500s as a result of the thriving trade between Venice and North Africa and the Middle East.

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  • “Cappuccino” refers to the dark brown habits worn by Capuchin friars, a Catholic order.
  • Italy is the source of two of coffee drinkers’ most frequently used terms, espresso and cappuccino.
  • Italy ranks 15th in the world in terms of its per capita coffee consumption.

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