Tag Archive 'italy_cafes'

Trip Report: Caffè Pascucci

Posted by TheShot on 14 Jan 2011 | Filed under: Add Milk, Barista, Café Society, Foreign Brew, Local Brew, Roasting

In 2009, the Italy-based Caffè Pascucci chain (including its espresso school, etc.) turned over its financial management to a group that has since favored more aggressive global expansion plans. These expansion plans included bringing their first non-Italian café chain store on this spot, across of AT&T Park in a modern brick commercial complex. The Italian […]

Book Review: Bar d’Italia del Gambero Rosso 2010

Posted by TheShot on 25 Oct 2009 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues

A few weeks ago we received the latest (and tenth) edition of the annual Bar d’Italia del Gambero Rosso for 2010. It is the closest thing in print we’ve seen to our Web site reviews, and we’ve generally found it indispensable when traveling Italy in search of good espresso. (We last reviewed the 2007 edition.) […]

Trieste, Italy cafés – A Shot In The Dark

Posted by TheShot on 13 Mar 2008 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew

This past weekend, the Sunday Herald (Scotland) published an article on Trieste, Italy and some its great cafés: A Shot In The Dark (from Sunday Herald). (Trieste is also home to illycaffè and the namesake for the local legend, Caffé Trieste.) The article touches on Caffè Tommaseo, the historic Caffè San Marco, Caffè Degli Specchi, […]

Italians share coffee to beat price rise

Posted by TheShot on 09 Jan 2008 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew

According to yesterday’s Daily Telegraph (London), the tiny Sicilian town of Partinico has defined a social ritual to counter Italy’s struggles with the rising price of coffee: Italians share coffee to beat price rise – Telegraph. Because of the higher prices, and the Italian need for several cups of espresso a day, some Italians have […]

Interview with Andrea Illy: The original Mr Bean

Posted by TheShot on 07 Oct 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Fair Trade, Quality Issues, Roasting

The London Times today published a business section interview of Andrea Illy, the head of IllyCaffè: The original Mr Bean – Times Online. More of a financial/business article, it discusses Illy’s role in the world of specialty coffee — touching on Illy’s technical innovations (some of them regrettable, IMO), brand positioning, and even Mr. Illy’s […]

The Italian Espresso Party?

Posted by TheShot on 31 Aug 2007 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew

All is not well in the Italian Peninsula, and there are few things that can inspire Garibaldi‘s Redshirts to go marching again like the price of that all-important daily staple of life: the espresso. This week, the Milan-based national paper, Corriere della Sera, reported on the shocking surprise many Italians received upon their return from […]

Book Review: Bar d’Italia del Gambero Rosso 2007

Posted by TheShot on 26 Aug 2007 | Filed under: Barista, Café Society, Foreign Brew

I’ve been planning another road trip to Torino this October — my first since 2004. The wine and food are always excellent, the tourists are hard to come by (you can have an Italian city of almost a million people to yourself), Juventus is back in Serie A (and yesterday started the season off smashingly), […]

How to Order an Italian Coffee in Italy

Posted by TheShot on 12 Jul 2007 | Filed under: Café Society, Fair Trade, Foreign Brew

Yesterday a friend of a friend (now living in Italy) posted in her blog on the variety of standard coffee offerings you can find at a typical Italian caffè: How to Order an Italian Coffee in Italy — Ms. Adventures in Italy. Also included in the post are a variety of photos, instructions on how […]