Italy bids to win recognition of espresso as part of its heritage
Smooth, dark and small, it is an indispensable jump-start to the day for millions of Italians. Now Italy wants World Heritage recognition for its espresso coffee.
Italy argues that espresso, made in traditional coffee machines in bars and cafés across the country, is not only a distinctive beverage but an integral part of the country's cultural heritage.
Cappuccino, macchiato and caffe corretto (with a drop of grappa or cognac) have their followers, but espresso remains the pure, elemental expression of Italian coffee.
Espresso will be put forward for Unesco listing in the parliament in Rome today.
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