The history of coffee in the US military is long-standing. Throughout the years American soldiers have made a hot cup of coffee a daily ritual on and off the battlefield. During WWII, a strong demand for coffee by U.S. troops lead to such a shortage that Americans at home were subject to coffee rationing. Although American soldiers stationed in Italy during the Second World War were issued instant coffee from Maxwell House in their ration kits, they much preferred a Cafe Americano, the Italian version of their cup of Joe. Italian baristas found that adding hot water to espresso came close to the taste of drip coffee that the American GI’s were used to.
The Italian soldiers as always and forever still relied on their espresso as evidenced by this Vintage Italian Air Force coffee cup intended for use in the Officer’s dining halls of the Italian Air Force circa 1960.
Each piece bears the logo of the Aeronautica Militare – the Air Force of the Italian Republic.