In Greece and Turkey, the oldest person is most always served their coffee first.
Personal note: Don’t serve me first because I’m the oldest…serve me first because I want it now!
Italy now has over 200,000 coffee bars, and still growing.
Personal note: Starbucks is the largest coffeehouse company in the world, with 17,572 stores in 55 countries, including 11,068 in the United States, nearly 1,000 in Canada and more than 800 in Japan.
In Italy, espresso is considered so essential to daily life that the price is regulated by the government.
Personal note: A day without espresso is like a day without_____…you fill in the blank!
Italians do not drink espresso during meals. It is considered to be a separate event and is given its own time.
Personal note: Drinking good coffee is always an event to be savored and enjoyed with friends.
The average age of an Italian barista is 48 years old. A barista is a respected job title in Italy.
Personal note: Hmmm, the average age of a barista at Starbucks?
In 1900, coffee was often delivered door-to-door in the United States, by horse-pulled wagons.
Personal note: Can I get my coffee delivered? I can dream can’t I?
In Italy, coffee and espresso are synonymous.
Personal note: You say coffee, I say espresso…my friends say cafe Cubano!