Italians launch bid for espresso coffee to be given World Heritage status


Italians launch bid for espresso coffee to be given World Heritage status

Smooth, dark and diminutive, it is an affordable and indispensable jump-start to the day for millions of Italians, and now the country is pushing for World Heritage recognition for its espresso coffee.

Italy argues that espresso, made in traditional coffee machines in bars and cafes across the country, is not only a distinctive beverage but an integral part of the country’s cultural heritage.

Cappuccino, macchiato and caffe corretto (‘corrected” with a drop of grappa or cognac) may have their followers, but espresso remains the pure, elemental expression of Italian coffee.

Espresso will be put forward as a candidate for Unesco listing at an event on Tuesday in the Italian parliament in Rome.

The bid is being promoted by a grandly-titled entity called the Consortium for the Safeguarding of Traditional Italian Espresso Coffee.

“We represent the whole supply chain, from the companies that roast the coffee to those that manufacture coffee machines,” said Andrea Pascale, one of the event organisers. “We think Unesco recognition would bring benefits for everyone.”

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