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On the Hunt for a Cup of Joe

One in a series of food adventures, the Coffee Safari, took place last week.Coffee is not only a drink inItaly, it’s a passion…and Italians have a series of cultural “rules” about how to drink it. After a brief tutorial on the botany, history, and economics of coffee, students were taken on a roundabout tour of Perugia’s many cafés. The tour ended at the Caffè di Roma, where the waiters brought out a variety of different coffees, whose significances in Italian culture were explained. For example, the cappuccino, which Americans consider the hallmark Italian coffee, is only drunk in Italy until eleven o’clock, and then only with a croissant. Hopefully students went away with a better sense of their favorite morning drinks!

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