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Starbucks To Open In Italy, Home Of Espresso, For The First Time

Italy’s coffee scene is about to get a lot more Americano.

Global cup of joe giant Starbucks has announced that its long awaited store in the country, where the espresso machine was invented, will open this September in Milan.

“We are not coming here to teach Italians how to make coffee, we’re coming here with humility and respect, to show what we’ve learned,” the chain’s executive chairman Howard Schultz said at an event in the city.

The store, which was supposed to open early last year before brewing for another 18 months, will open in the tourist-heavy center of Milan, near its famed Duomo square.

It joins more than nearly 29,000 Starbucks across the world, though it is unclear if Italians, who have an array of other coffee choices, will warm up to the mermaid from Seattle.

The Milan location is described as a “lounge” and will also include pastries from the local Princi bakery, according to Corriere della Serra.

Though Italy has a rich tradition of coffee brewing and drinking, its residents are only 13th on the list of highest coffee consumption, with roughly 11 pounds per person per year.

Scandinavian countries dominate the top of the list, with Finland’s more than 26 pounds taking the top spot, according to the International Coffee Organization.


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