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Why Italian Is the International Language of Coffee


If you can’t start your morning without a cup of joe, you’re not alone. American’s consumption of coffee is up — it’s the highest it’s been since 2012 — and global exports are too. According to the International Coffee Organization, world coffee exports increased by 17 percent from October 2017 to October 2018, and overall global shipments were 4.2 percent higher year over year.

Clearly coffee has become an important daily ritual for many Americans, which begs the question: Why are so many coffee lovers ordering those drinks in Italian? From lattes to macchiatos, Americans are rolling Italian words off their tongues. How did this happen? After all, coffee doesn’t have roots in Italy.

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