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The Friendship Cup of Valle d'Aosta

Heather Dowd
Posted by Heather Dowd on Mar 9, 2023 11:45:00 PM
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Valle d'Aoste is a small, mountainous region in Italy on the border with France. It has a unique culture and the local people continue to keep their longstanding traditions alive. One of these traditions is the use of the friendship cup (coppa dell'amicizia).

Valle d'Aosta Friendship Cup

In the Valle d'Aosta region of Italy, there is a longstanding tradition of communal coffee drinking that continues to this day. This tradition, known as the "coppa dell'amicizia," or friendship cup, involves sharing a communal coffee cup among friends or members of a community.

The practice is rooted in the values of community and togetherness, providing an opportunity for individuals to come together and enjoy a cup of coffee in a social setting. The communal coffee cup is typically made of wood and is passed around among the group, with each person taking a sip before passing it on to the next.


Valle d'Aosta Friendship Cup

This custom has been passed down through generations and is still observed in many rural communities in the Valle d'Aosta region. It serves as a way to preserve local cultural heritage and maintain a sense of community in the face of modernization and changing times.

The size of the cup varies, but it is usually large enough to hold several servings of coffee, allowing multiple people to enjoy a sip. The cup is often decorated with traditional Italian designs, such as intricate patterns or images of local landmarks, and may be passed down as a cherished family heirloom.


Valle d'Aosta Friendship Cup

In a communal setting, coffee is typically brewed in a large pot or espresso machine and then poured into the communal cup. It is common to sweeten the coffee with sugar or add a splash of milk to taste. Some individuals may also add a small amount of liqueur to the coffee for an extra kick.


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While the exact recipe for the coffee in the communal cup can differ from community to community, it typically consists of a strong, flavorful espresso-style coffee meant to be shared and enjoyed with friends and family. The focus of this tradition is on the social aspect rather than the specific ingredients or recipe used to make the coffee.



Topics: Destinations, Italy History & Culture, Food & Wine

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