Italians have some rules about coffee that have become a norm to obey. For example, they only take cappuccino as a morning drink rather than an afternoon pick-me-up.
In most of their cafes, the coffee is served at the counter and it is also consumed there while they stand. When it comes to preparing acceptable coffee, they only entertain a few variations which usually just involve the amount of water used and/or milk to be added.
These are known facts however Starbucks, which offers a long list of variations opened its doors to Italians in 2018 and has since amassed a great following.
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Recently, the company made a bet once more by rolling out a combo of two ingredients it knows Italians love — coffee and olive oil.
On the first day of fashion week, the new beverage which was named Oleato, made a debut in an invitation-only dinner at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Milan.
The event was attended by the likes of pop star Lizzo and Vogue’s top editor in America, Anna Wintour. The following day, Oleato, which means oiled, or greaseproof, was introduced to people at the company’s flagship Italian venue in Downtown, Milan.
There were five oil-infused beverages on the menu. According to Howard Schultz, a leader at Starbucks, the idea was his own and he got it while traveling through Italy last summer.
He called it the « unique alchemy of two of nature’s most transcendent ingredients. » This may be true for some but is coffee and olive oil really a good idea?
The answer is yes. Adding fats to coffee is becoming a more common practice, thanks to paleo and keto diets. Below are some of the benefits of putting olive oil in coffee:
- You’ll have sustained and long-lasting energy. This is because consumable fats slow down the digestion of other foods and beverages they’re consumed with. The oil will reduce the rate of the absorption of caffeine in your body, prolonging its effects.
- Fats neutralize the acidity in coffee. Coffee can be acidic and that’s bad for your gut health or digestive system. Adding olive oil can neutralize this acidity and reduce stomach inflammation.
- Adding fat reduces overall coffee intake
- It can even substitute for breakfast
Would you try Starbuck’s Oleato?