Tag Archive 'italy_coffee'

The Art of the Italian Espresso | PRI’s The World

Posted by TheShot on 28 Feb 2008 | Filed under: Barista, CoffeeRatings.com, Foreign Brew, Starbucks

Yesterday Public Radio International’s (PRI) The World aired a broadcast on the Italian espresso: Espresso | PRI’s The World. While every news outlet in America was regurgitating Starbucks‘ publicity over their token three-hour store closure for employee training, reporter David Leveille took a different approach by interviewing the art of the espresso from a distinctly […]

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 […]

Black Magic: The Perfect Espresso

Posted by TheShot on 14 Jun 2007 | Filed under: Barista, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues

TIME magazine posted a “Summer Journey” special documenting the theme of “we are what we eat.” One of the stops of this photo essay is an espresso bar in southwest Rome: Black Magic: The Perfect Espresso – TIME’s Summer Journey | TIME. The author, a California expatriate and recovered Starbucks addict, waxes on the joys […]

L’espresso “solo” da Starbucks

Posted by TheShot on 08 Jun 2007 | Filed under: Café Society, Quality Issues, Starbucks

Sometimes it’s quite revealing to see America through foreign eyes. Case and point with a post today on an Italian blog that covers the subject of tourism in the good ol’ U.S. of A.: Guida USA – Info, foto e video. – » L’espresso “solo” da Starbucks. It gave me a chance to put my […]

Italy: Cappuccino Obtains Certificate of Quality

Posted by TheShot on 29 Dec 2006 | Filed under: Add Milk, Quality Issues

The Istituto Nazionale Espresso Italiano (INEI), or the National Italian Espresso Institute, was born with the certification of quality standards for the Italian Espresso in 1998. Today they announced new certification standards for the Cappuccino: Agenzia Giornalistica Italia – News In English – Italian Products: Cappuccino Obtains Certificate of Quality. Organizations such as the INEI […]

Paul Bassett: Cup always half-full

Posted by TheShot on 02 May 2006 | Filed under: Barista

Today’s Adelaide (Australia) The Advertiser featured a brief article on Paul Bassett, Sydney resident and winner of the 2003 World Barista Championship (held in Boston): The Advertiser: Cup always half-full [03may06]. In the article, Paul mentions how he discovered his calling during his travels in Siena, Italy in the late 1990s — where he was […]

Sant’Eustachio il caffè

Posted by TheShot on 28 Mar 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew

The Sunday New York Times Travel section featured an article on Rome and the flavors of Rome in particular: The Bounty of Rome – New York Times. Its author, Mimi Sheraton, opens the article with the thoughts that first come to her mind when someone says “Rome”: Sant’Eustachio il caffè (but of course!). It’s worth […]

Montreal’s International Coffee

Posted by TheShot on 05 Mar 2006 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

From today’s The Gazette, a primer on a few international coffee options in Montreal, Canada: How do you take your coffee? The article includes example cafés, and customs, for Italy, Arabia, Greece, and Vietnam: Cafe Milano: Just as no Italian will be caught in “short pants” after the age of 11, no Italian will be […]

Al Bicerin’s coffee concoction can’t be topped

Posted by TheShot on 13 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew

Today’s Houston Chronicle featured an article on the 343-year-old Torino café institution, Al Bicerin, and their namesake drink for all the newfound Olympic tourists: Al Bicerin’s coffee concoction can’t be topped. Even if a Bicerin is more of a coffee cocktail, you have to appreciate perhaps the most poignent part of the article: You cannot […]

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