While now there is a cult of coffee in Italy, it’s hard to imagine that once it was about to be banned throughout the country. Introduced to Europe from the Ottoman Empire in the XVI century, the aromatic beverage did not come to liking of clergymen. They intended to ban it, seeing evil in it. However, eventually coffee received blessing of Pope Clement VI – the head of the Church considered it so very delicious! In 1645 Italy saw opening of the first coffee house, and similar storefronts very quickly gained popularity throughout Europe.