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New exhibition ‘Italian Passion: The Art of Espresso’ is a compact shot of coffee and design

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The art and craft of coffee preparation and consumption have reached levels of fetishisation that exceed practically all other modern food and drink rituals. Although the artisanal origin and authenticity of the grind and pour have become the focal points for a new generation of coffee lovers, the country with the biggest vested interest in coffee culture is, of course, Italy.

The ‘Collar’ coffee set was designed by Italian designers Daniel Debiasi and Federico Sandri for Danish brand Stelton (opens in new tab)

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The country has sacred social rules associated with consumption, together with a disdain for chains, and an unspoken acceptance of coffee’s integral role as both social lubricant and essential physical booster. Nowhere is that more evident than in the consumption of espresso. 

‘Italian Passion: The Art of Espresso’, on show in Copenhagen

white coffee cups from the exhibition, Italian Passion: The Art of Espresso

Federicabiasi’s ‘Lume’ collection for Nespresso was introduced in 2020, available from nespresso.com (opens in new tab)

(Image credit: Italian Passion: The Art of Espresso)

This new exhibition at Copenhagen’s Italian Cultural Institute (7 – 31 March 2023) dives into the culture surrounding this potent little cup. Endorsed and supported by some of the biggest names in coffee creation and consumption – Alessi, Illycaffè, Lavazza, Nepresso and more – the show features 45 exhibits brought together by curator Elisabetta Pisu. 

from the exhibition, Italian Passion: The Art of Espresso

Collar coffee set, from Stelton (opens in new tab). Coffee grinder also available from amazon.co.uk (opens in new tab)

(Image credit: Italian Passion: The Art of Espresso)

Showcasing everything from the emerging technology of the coffee machine to the artistic platform of the cup, through to the high-profile design collaborations that have percolated within coffee culture.

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