Starbucks opens jaw-dropping first Italian store

Were used to Starbucks dominating our high street.

With 20,000 branches in 62 different countries, the coffee chain is almost everywhere.

But we bet youve never considered that the Seattle behemoth didnt have a store in one of Western Europes biggest countries.

Until now, that is.

With the opening of Starbucks Reserve Roastery Milan in the Piazza Cordusio, Italy has got its very first Starbucks.

Its bound to attract equal shares of excitement and criticism in a nation renowned for being coffee purists.

BGUK_1329413 - ** RIGHTS: ONLY UNITED KINGDOM ** Milan, UNITED KINGDOM - Starbucks is opening its first ever store in Italy, the Starbucks Reserve Roastery Milan in the Piazza Cordusio. Arguably the most beautiful Starbucks store to-date, the new Milan Roastery will pay homage to the Italian coffee culture by offering customers an immersive coffee experience, accompanied by a host of new-to-Starbucks features. Pictured: GV, General View BACKGRID UK 6 SEPTEMBER 2018 BYLINE MUST READ: BEST IMAGE / BACKGRID UK: +44 208 344 2007 / USA: +1 310 798 9111 / *UK Clients - Pictures Containing Children Please Pixelate Face Prior To Publication*
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Whichever side of the debate you come down on, its irrefutable that it represents the most aesthetically pleasing Starbucks youve ever clapped your eyes on.

With the new Milan Roastery set to pay homage to the Italian coffee culture by offering punters what theyre calling an immersive coffee experience, with a host of new-to-Starbucks features thrown into the bargain.

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What that means in practice that you can observe a fully-functioning Scolari coffee roaster in the flesh, plus a first-of-its-kind Milanese bronze unfolding cask.

Theres also a wood-fronted main bar featuring Italian fluting and Tuscany-source marble, with an Arriviamo Bar serving cocktails and food. Which certainly sounds appropriately opulent.

MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 07: (CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT) A general view as the first Starbucks coffee shop opens in Italy on September 7, 2018 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)
(Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)

The Roastery will also hold Starbucks first-ever affogato station, serving serve individualised single-batch ice cream. Beats the terminally exasperated branch by Kings Cross, doesnt it?

To add the celebratory vibe of proceedings, Starbucks US locations will also be debuting a new beverage called the Cordusio, a powerful sounding mixture of espresso-forward mocha with cocoa powder.The title apparently comes from the Reserve Roastery Milans Piazzo Cordusio location.

Though there arent UK tie-ins announced yet, its all very exciting if thats your thing.

The Roastery opened last month, so if you find yourself in Milan and in desperate need of a pick-me-up, you know just where to look.

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