The History of
Dark roasts and short, espresso style coffee is what the Italians are famous for. Packed with rich, chocolatey undertones and intense smoky flavours, it's no wonder Nonna won't let you drink anything else.
The first record of coffee being consumed in England doesn't take place until 1652, by which point Italy had already had 72 years to perfect their secret recipe.
In 1570, Paduan Prospero Alpino arrived in Venice. He'd travelled a long way from the East, expecting a warming welcome from his friends in northern Italy.
However, aboard his ship he carried with him coffee. The Italians had never heard of coffee before, until this point it was only documented further east and had already been banned from several Muslim countries.
Alpino himself couldn't have predicted the success. At first, coffee was only sold in pharmacies and due to its higher cost it was only accessible by the wealthier families.
Despite the cost, it wasn't long before coffee shops starting appearing on the streets of Venice. More and more people were drinking coffee as part of their day-to-day lives.
By 1763, there were 218 coffee shops in Venice alone. Everyone had access to the popular beverage and people were experimenting with new brewing and roasting styles. It's safe to say, Italy was hooked.
But it was more than coffee to Nonna.
Today, coffee is so much more than just a caffeinated drink in Italian culture. A cup of coffee is a moment.
It's a moment shared with friends, family and loved ones. A moment you stop rushing through life and really take it in. And, while it may only be small, coffee is a moment of serenity.
Because you see, for Italians, coffee never belonged in a takeaway cup. It belonged at home, which is exactly where Bialetti's put it.