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The Essence of Espresso: A Journey Through Its Rich History and Global Impact

Espresso, a concentrated coffee brewing method, has become a beloved beverage worldwide. Its origins are deeply rooted in Italian culture, where it emerged as a cornerstone of Italian coffee tradition. In this article, we’ll take a journey through the history of espresso, exploring its Italian heritage and its remarkable influence on global coffee culture.

The Birth of Espresso:

Espresso’s history can be traced back to 19th-century Italy. The first espresso machine, a revolutionary invention, was patented by Angelo Moriondo in 1884. This machine allowed for the rapid extraction of coffee, producing a small, strong cup of coffee – the foundation of modern espresso.

When you see which countries drink the most coffee, you’ll be surprised.

Top 10 Countries by Per Capita Coffee Consumption (kg/lbs per year) 


1. Finland — 12 kg/26 lbs
– Finland leads the world in per-person coffee consumption. On average, each Finn enjoys nearly four cups daily. It’s such a beloved beverage that Finnish labor laws mandate two 10-minute coffee breaks for workers.

2. Norway — 9.9 kg/22 lbs
– Norwegians indulge in over three cups of coffee each day. In Norway, coffee houses are popular venues for socializing, rather than for working or simply grabbing a drink to go.

3. Iceland — 9 kg/20 lbs
– Beer was prohibited in Iceland until 1987, and wine remains relatively costly. Consequently, coffee has always been the primary social drink. Offering a guest a cup of coffee is customary, with Icelanders commonly using the phrase tíu dropar, meaning “ten drops,” to signify a small serving.

4. Denmark — 8.7 kg/19 lbs
– In Denmark, a kaffeslabberas refers to a casual get-together where coffee and cake are served, often post-dinner. At weddings, guests are frequently invited to the bryllupskaffe or wedding coffee reception.

5. Netherlands — 8.4 kg/19 lbs
– Dutch merchants were pioneers in introducing coffee to the Western world. They transported entire coffee plants from the Yemeni port of Mocha to India and Indonesia, where they were cultivated on plantations to supply beans to Europe.

6. Sweden — 8.2 kg/18 lbs
– Swedes use the term Fika to describe a leisurely coffee break with friends during work hours. On average, Swedes spend 9.5 days per year enjoying a fikarast.

7. Switzerland — 7.9 kg/17 lbs
– The Swiss combined coffee and wine to create a popular beverage called Luzerner Kafi, which involves adding red wine to diluted coffee with sugar. Additionally, Switzerland is the birthplace of Nespresso, one of the world’s most renowned coffee brands.

8. Belgium — 6.8 kg/15 lbs
– The Belgian cities of Brussels and Antwerp boast thousands of coffee houses, including Wittamer’s, which serves brûlot, an espresso drink comprising sugar, cinnamon, cloves, shredded lemon peel, and warm cognac set ablaze.

9. Luxembourg — 6.5 kg/14 lbs
– Despite being one of the world’s smallest countries, Luxembourg is home to thousands of coffee houses, ranging from elegant establishments with white linen tablecloths to compact, stand-up coffee bars.

10. Canada — 6.5 kg/14 lbs
– The only top-ten consumer not situated in Europe, Canada birthed one of the world’s initial coffee chains, Tim Horton’s, which accounts for three out of every four cups of coffee sold in the country.

We at The Pantry Moate offer our esteemed clients one of the finest coffees in the world:

Bristot Coffee

First and foremost, we are coffee enthusiasts who have a deep passion for our craft. Bristot stands as a historic company that has consistently played a pivotal role in shaping the world of Italian roasted coffee since the early 20th century, to be precise, since 1919. Our coffee is meticulously roasted in Belluno, nestled amidst the breathtaking Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Over the years, we have emerged as one of the leading companies in our industry, consistently adapting to evolving tastes and cutting-edge technologies to meet the changing preferences of our customers.
Our rich history, rooted in tradition, innovation, and entrepreneurial expertise, symbolizes the hallmark of quality that Italian products are renowned for globally. Our name is synonymous with modernity, elegance, and unwavering passion across the world.
The philosophy of Bristot has been the guiding force behind our endeavours since 1919, when Domenico Bristot, the visionary founder of our roastery, breathed life into his dream of crafting a superior coffee blend that would epitomize the perfect Italian espresso. This very philosophy has made quality and excellence integral to our brand. Today, armed with a wealth of experience and an unquenchable passion for our craft, we extend to our customers the opportunity to savour a daily indulgence – a truly exceptional espresso.

The Pantry Moate


The Pantry, Main St, Cartronkeel, Moate, Co. Westmeath, Ireland

The Pantry Moate

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Dino OsmanagicDino Osmanagic
08:44 14 Aug 23
Excellent coffee
11:50 12 May 23
Stopped off for a quick lunch on a Monday..lovely fresh sandwiches made up in no time..excellent coffee and a lovely selection of freshly baked Buns and Apple Tarts on offer. Also had a great selection of Pantry goods...Sauces, Preserves, Etc. Delighted I Stopped there and will definitely be back . An easy 5 stars
James WimsJames Wims
17:33 07 Mar 23
Good experience.
Joe HoranJoe Horan
14:26 04 Mar 23
Catherine McCabeCatherine McCabe
13:06 14 Oct 22
Delicious vegetable soup. Friendly service. Good value
Pat ClearyPat Cleary
12:02 12 Oct 22
Excellent place for a tea or coffee.
Pat ClearyPat Cleary
12:02 12 Oct 22
Excellent place for a tea or coffee.
Pat ClearyPat Cleary
12:02 12 Oct 22
Excellent place for a tea or coffee.
Geraldine BradyGeraldine Brady
13:50 09 Sep 22
Lovely fresh food to take away, lovely fresh bread and scones . Sit down outside, no toilets.
John WhiteJohn White
14:50 20 Jun 22
Stopped here with a group of 5 other cyclists (Ireland coast to coast day 2) on a hot day in need of a quick pick up with an hour's cycling still to go for the day. We all had an ice cream and it was fabulous. Friendly staff, it's a shame in a way looking at the cakes etc on offer that we didn't try a cup of tea or coffee.We did get confirmation that the Old Rail Trail was a good route into Athlone rather than the R446.
Margaret GreenMargaret Green
14:56 17 Jul 18
Lovely cosy friendly environment to go to spoil yourself. Home made food on the day. Great scones, cakes and pies