The history of Italian coffee
Coffee first made its appearance in Europe during the 14th century when traders from the Silk Road introduced it to the wealthy aristocrats of Venice. Originally thought to be a sinful drink of the heathens, Italian coffee was eventually christened by Pope Clement VIII, who made Italian espresso acceptable for the mainstream after becoming intrigued by its unique aroma and flavor.
By the 18th century, the Italian espresso coffee came into fashion, thanks to a shrewd businessman who wanted his workers to have shorter coffee breaks. The perfect solution was a shot of espresso that could be easily consumed in a minute or less.