Coffee-loving Italians swap cafe for kitchen
MILAN (REUTERS) - Italians are not the biggest coffee drinkers in Europe - that title goes to the Finns - but their nation's link with cafe culture is etched on every menu board, giving the world the espresso, the mocha and the latte.
Now that link is feeling the strain of recession.
As Europe's debt crisis drags on, more and more cash-strapped Italians are giving the coffee bar a miss and taking their morning caffeine hit in the kitchen.
"Italians are drinking more coffee at home than at the bar," Mr Raffaele Brogna, the founder of consumer blog community ioleggoletichetta.it, said.