26 Dec '17, 2pm

Coffee Used As Extortion Tool By Italian Crime Families

Coffee Used As Extortion Tool By Italian Crime Families

It is widely accepted that people in Italy take their coffee very seriously (if not, by and large, over-roasted and terrible). So serious, in fact, that coffee has become a modern means of extortion by the mafia. According to a recent article in The Guardian , Italian crime families are forcing bars and restaurants are being “bullied into selling specific coffee brands promoted by mobsters,” who then take a cut of the profits. “Coffee is the new racket,” said author Antonio Nicaso, one of the world’s leading mafia experts and university lecturer in Canada and the US. “Bar and restaurant owners are willing to pay the higher prices for fear of retribution. It’s a subtler way to extort money from owners of bars and restaurants – a difficult method for the police to intercept,” he said. According to the article, one group “made owners buy minimum coffee orders of €20,000” ($23...

Full article: http://sprudge.com/coffee-used-as-extortion-tool-by-itali...

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