On the celestial sphere, the most southern point of Italy is about 36.7°, or about 910 miles, north of the Tropic of Cancer.  According to Lavazza, Italy’s number one coffee company, between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn, the berries of Coffea Arabica and Coffea Canephora (known as Robusta) grow and ripen to produce the perfect cup of coffee.The best coffee beans in the world come from these regions because of their rich soil, moist tropical climate with high altitudes and perfect temperatures to produce coffees with flavors and aromas appreciated by millions of Italians.

Distance doesn’t matter to one of the largest consumers of coffee in the world. Italians are happy to patiently wait for and roast the harvest from a region that produces some of the best coffee on the planet. Italians as a whole carefully attend to what they eat. They are patient in the growing and preparation of their food, waiting for the seasonal harvest of ingredients, slowly simmering sauces and stews, aging and curing meats, preserving and protecting the culinary and cultural traditions of their regional cuisines.

So much so that in 1986, Carlo Petrini  founded an international movement, known as Slow Food to promote an Italian food culture that encourages the world to take time to understand and enjoy what they eat. So much so that they are willing to wait for a perfect taste of slow.


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