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Starbucks has opened its first Italian store, called the Starbucks Reserve Roastery Milan, in the Piazza Cordusio. This store is perhaps the most beautiful and amazing that Starbucks have opened, with them offering customers there an immersive coffee experience.
The Reserve Roastery Milan has a fully-working Scolari coffee roaster, a wood-fronted main bar featuring Tuscan marble and Italian fluting, and an Arriviamo bar serving cocktails and food. An added bonus is Starbucks’ first affogato station, which is responsible for serving made-to-order single batch ice cream.
To celebrate their new store, Starbucks’ American locations will feature a new beverage called the Cordusio, which is an “espresso-forward mocha with a light dusting of cocoa powder.” The drink is named after the Reserve Roastery Milan’s location on the Piazza Cordusio.
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Facts You May be Surprised to Learn About Coffee
1. Coffee was discovered by Ethiopian shepherds around 800 A.D.
The story goes that the shepherds noticed that their goats were energetic after eating the coffee berries, and a local monk made a drink from the coffee berries. He found that it kept him awake all night, and that is the story of the original cup of coffee.
2. There are two types of coffee beans – Arabica and Robusta
Around seventy percent of coffee beans are Arabica ones. Robusta is less popular, but it is slightly more bitter and contains twice as much caffeine.
3. Coffee has been a banned substance five times in its history
Coffee was banned in Mecca in 1511, as the leaders thought it stimulated radical thinking. In the 16th Century, Italian clergymen attempted to ban coffee because they thought it was satanic. This backfired, because Pope Clement VII loved his coffee so much he had the ban lifted and actually had coffee baptized in 1600.
Ottoman leader Murad IV created some extreme punishments for being caught drinking coffee in 1623, including beatings and being thrown into the sea!
The Swedish government were next to ban the cup of joe, and they made it illegal to have coffee-drinking paraphernalia, such as cups or dishes. The last time coffee was banned was by Frederick the Great of Prussia. He issued a manifesto in 1777 declaring that beer was superior to coffee because he thought that coffee interfered with the country’s beer consumption.
4. Coffee stays warmer when you add cream
This sounds a bit strange, but coffee with added cream cools around twenty percent slower than plain black coffee. If you add milk, your body will absorb the caffeine much slower than if you drank it black, due to the added milk fat content.
5. Americans drink 400 million cups of coffee every day
This adds up to a whopping 146 billion cups per year, and it makes the U.S. the leading consumer of coffee in the world.