3) Espresso Lungo: The slow road to Italy's democratic espresso culture

45 minutes

One morning back in the ‘80s, Howard Schultz walks out of his Milan hotel, stumbles into an espresso bar, and fundamentally changes coffee history.

He discovered (and then popularises) the iconic, timeless Italian coffee experience: Rich thick coffee, an affordable price and great theatre.

But this Italian ritual is surprisingly young, so young that Howard Schultz was in school while some of it was being developed!

In this third episode of Series Two of A History of Coffee, we show you why for most of Italy’s history, coffee was thin, expensive, dull to watch…and that’s if you were lucky enough to even be drinking the real stuff at all!

A History of Coffee is a collaboration between documentary maker James Harper of the Filter Stories coffee podcast and Jonathan Morris, Professor of History and author of ‘Coffee: A Global History’.


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Rancilio's Museum, Officina Rancilio 1926 (https://bit.ly/3Q7vqTI)

"La Cornuta" espresso machine (https://bit.ly/41uBryd)

Rancilio's Berlin Showroom, the BER Rancilio Station (https://bit.ly/3mD0lNA)

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