Italy wants to include espresso coffee in the UNESCO heritage

Italy is set to claim UNESCO patronage for espresso coffee, saying it is “much more than just a drink”. Espresso coffee quickly became an integral part of its national identity after its creation in Turin in the 19th century.

“It is a real ritual and an expression of our society that distinguishes us all over the world,” said Gian Marco Centinaio, Undersecretary for Agriculture, confirming that the request had been submitted.

Espresso quickly became an integral part of its national identity after its appearance in Turin at the end of the 19th century. An espresso creates an opportunity to meet, to discuss politics and football, to complain, to make peace or to pay a debt, is a reason why people meet to socialize and enjoy the drink, according to The Guardian .
According to the Italian Espresso Institute, founded in 1998 to protect and promote the original espresso, the market is worth more than 4 billion euros a year, and more than 90% of Italians drink a cup every day.

The institute’s strict regulations for the perfect espresso include the use of a certified coffee blend, certified equipment and even authorized personnel.

It states that the foam, the lighter cream that sits on top of the cup, “must be even and persistent for at least 120 seconds from the time the coffee was dispensed without stirring.” The color should also be “hazel-brown to dark brown and characterized by brown reflections”.

Previous attempts to include Italian espresso coffee on the Unesco list have never been officially completed, presumably because of the country’s turbulent policy.

The Undersecretary of State for Agriculture said he was confident that this time Italy’s Unesco national commission would approve the offer, with a verdict expected in the spring.

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