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Coffee in Italy - Starbucks is no competition

If everything goes according to plan, Starbucks will venture into Italy for the first time in 2018. Yes, to espresso and cappuccino paradise! But the traditional Italian coffee houses need not fear competition from the USA. A selection of the best addresses.

From Milan, the US coffee chain, which has over 25,000 branches worldwide, is planning the conquest with a huge store in the former stock exchange. And that when coffee is part of the Italian identity. Or has anyone ever seen a tea-drinking Italian standing at the bar in the caffè?

But in view of its traditional cafés, Bella Italia can look forward to the invasion of hot and cold drinks containing coffee in a relaxed manner. A double espresso in a thick-walled porcelain cup easily defies any caramel flan latte in an XL paper cup. These are the classics among the caffès.

Caffè degli Specchi in Trieste

The center of coffee culture is called Trieste. Coffee has been imported, traded and roasted here for centuries. According to unconfirmed statistics, a resident of this city makes 1500 "nero" (espresso) per year. Well-known roasters such as Hausbrandt and Illy are based here. As a visitor, nobody can avoid the Caffè degli Specchi in the magnificent Palazzo Stratti. If only because of its location on the Piazza dell'Unità d'Italia, the living room of the city. The institution is a typical child of the Habsburg era: a Greek founded the institution in 1839 in the style of a Viennese coffee house. Famous writers like Franz Kafka and James Joyce would still recognize the café today, because the furnishings with the wall mirrors and the long espresso bar have hardly changed.

Numerous visitors enjoy their espresso and caffè at the Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia in Trieste (Italy). (Source: imagebroker / Harald Wenzel / imago images)

Caffè Florian in Venice

The oldest caffè in the country, however, is the Florian in Venice. The café has been under the arcades on St. Mark's Square since 1720. It couldn't be more central, and it couldn't be more expensive. Anyone who has their cappuccino served on a silver platter in the sugary neo-rococo interior by one of the always slightly snuggly waiters currently pays twelve euros - per cup.

But this price should be viewed like a museum admission: Nowhere else does Venice's past come to life as it does here. They have all sipped their espresso at the wobbly tables - Goethe, Balzac and Proust, but of course Richard Wagner and Thomas Mann too. In addition, the Caffè Florian was also a center of resistance. This is where the Italian resistance met in 1848 to forge plans against Habsburg rule.

Café Florian has been located under the arcades on St. Mark's Square in Venice (Italy) since 1720. (Source: Sabine Gudath / imago images)

Caffè Gilli in Florence

The glass counter with eclairs, colorful fruit tarts and petit fours at Caffè Gilli in Florence seems to have no end. This house has specialized in pasticceria, i.e. confectionery products, since it was founded in 1733. After all, its founders were fine bakers from Switzerland.

The current café only moved to Piazza Republica in 1917, but even before that it was an important meeting place for the Florentines. Especially in the troubled times around 1848, the Gilli became a meeting place for intellectuals who were concerned about the independence of Italy. Today the café has the Belle Epoque charm of the early 20th century with long upholstered benches and paneled walls.

Various cakes, pastries, petit fours and fruit tarts with coffee are available in the legendary Gilli - in Florence (Italy) since 1733. (Source: Tim Graham / imago images)

Caffè Pedrocchi in Padua

Green, white, red - Italy's national colors determine the colors of the three salons of the Caffè Pedrocchi in Padua. The house specialty is a very hot espresso with a green foam. The trick: the color comes from milk mixed with peppermint. In 1831 the Pedrocchio moved to the center of the university, town hall and market hall. The coffee house is known for its eclectic architectural style: Venetian-Egyptian on the outside and neo-classical on the inside with high ceilings and columns.

The colors assigned each group of guests their space. Students and the less well-off met in the green salon and were left in peace by the waiters. Lunch and dinner were served in the white drawing room. Red, on the other hand, dominated the main room with the obligatory long counter and the cake showcases. Understandably, given the national colors, the café was an important place during the War of Independence. So important that the Austrian army even attacked the Caffè in 1848.

The Pedrocchi coffee house in Padua (Italy) is known for its eclectic architectural style, Venetian-Egyptian on the outside and neo-classical on the inside with high ceilings and columns. (Source: imagebroker / imago images)

Caffè Sant Eustachio in Rome

The Caffè Sant Eustachio in Rome is not for visitors with tired legs who really want to sit down. In the middle of the old town between Piazza Navona and Pantheon, this espresso bar doesn't remind you of great times. Instead, it has been concentrating on the essentials since 1938: home-roasted coffee for which long lines form. The barista just wants to know whether he should sweeten the Gran Caffè before he puts it on the counter. The Romans then enjoy this double espresso while standing, surrounded by display cases and stacks of yellow cans and packaging in which the famous coffee is also sold.

People at Caffè Sant Eustachio in Rome (Italy) enjoy double espresso while standing. (Source: LPLT - Travail personnel / fr.wikipedia.org)