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.)

UPDATE: November 28, 2006
The Arizona Republic is only about four weeks slow to this story, but they published one nonetheless: Upscale Italian coffee bar to open first U.S. location at Verrado.