In the growing list of international coffee chains looking to set a foothold in the U.S., Mokarabia (based in the Bologna, Italy area) has announced plans to open their first U.S. café location in suburban Phoenix: Italian coffee bars pick Verrado for first U.S. location – The Business Journal of Phoenix.
As a coffee, Mokarabia does not carry any more appeal to me than, say, Segafredo Zanetti. Some swear by it (including their Super Bar line), but I am not as convinced yet. But while I have not been to any Mokarabia owned & operated cafés before, I welcome alternatives … and any attempts to infuse cultural influence around espresso from overseas. (Word has it that the Mokarabia cafés plan to introduce their espresso drinks made with liquers and their gelato.)
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