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Trip Report: Vincafè (Alba, Italy)

Posted by TheShot on 28 Dec 2007 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

Our Espresso in Torino and Piemonte series continues with the last of our reviewed cafés in Alba: Vincafè. Owned and operated by Umberto Penna and Massimo Torchio, this modern, trendy spot in the middle of Alba’s shopping district has a decent amount of indoor seating for having a apertivo, dining on lunch, or having an […]

Trip Report: Casa del Caffè Vergnano (Alba, Italy)

Posted by TheShot on 19 Dec 2007 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Roasting

Our Espresso in Torino and Piemonte series continues with a visit to a Piemonte-based chain of roaster/cafés, called Casa del Caffè Vergnano. Caffè Vergnano has opened 16 roaster/cafés throughout Europe, located in cities as varied as Torino, Milan, Nice, Munich, Düsseldorf, London, one we stopped at in Asti (rated 2 chicchi and 2 tazzine in […]

Trip Report: Pasticceria Cignetti (Alba, Italy)

Posted by TheShot on 04 Dec 2007 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

Today we make a brief return to Alba, Italy for the latest stop in our Espresso in Torino and Piemonte series. Pasticceria Cignetti is one among many boutique food shops along Alba’s pedestrian-only main street/fashion runway. But it is a good example of a local espresso at a place where the espresso isn’t exactly the […]

Trip Report: Golosi di Salute (Alba, Italy)

Posted by TheShot on 29 Nov 2007 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

Our Espresso in Torino and Piemonte series takes us back to Alba, Italy for Golosi di Salute — a café that’s certainly known more for its edibles than anything you can drink here. But that doesn’t mean the espresso is a slouch. Luca Montersino is famous for making pastries and sweets with natural and local, […]

Trip Report: Caffè Calissano (Alba, Italy)

Posted by TheShot on 20 Nov 2007 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

Our Espresso in Torino and Piemonte series returns to Alba, Italy. We really liked Caffè Calissano and wish we had an institution like it somewhere in SF. If it were here, its espresso would rank it in the top quartile of the city. But in Alba, comparatively, it served some of the “worst” espresso we […]

Trip Report: Ben Tivoglio Cafè (Alba, Italy)

Posted by TheShot on 01 Nov 2007 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

Time for the next installment in our Espresso in Torino and Piemonte series. On the north end of Alba, you can often catch the potent, sweet smell of chocolate and hazelnuts as the nearby Ferrero factory makes another batch of Nutella. Just past it, and just past the weekend flea markets at the northern edge […]