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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: Caffè Al Bicerin (Torino, Italy)

Posted by TheShot on 01 Dec 2007 | Filed under: Add Milk, Café Society, Foreign Brew

Our Espresso in Torino and Piemonte series next takes us to quite a historical café — and the closest thing to a tourist trap in Torino this side of the Holy Shroud. Caffè Al Bicerin was founded in 1763 as an apothecary shop and later remodeled as a café. But over the centuries it has […]

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: Pasticceria Converso Bra (Bra, Italy)

Posted by TheShot on 23 Nov 2007 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

Our Espresso in Torino and Piemonte series now turns to Bra, Italy. Bra carries a lot more influence than its 29,000 residents might suggest. For one, it is the unofficial capital of Piemonte’s Roero area — with a downtown that’s deceptively bustling for its size. Bra is also the world headquarters for Slow Food. Of […]

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: Guido Ristorante Pollenzo (Pollenzo, Italy)

Posted by TheShot on 13 Nov 2007 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Restaurant Coffee

This installment of our Espresso in Torino and Piemonte series comes from the very small town of Pollenzo, practically in the middle of nowhere. At least geographically speaking. But on the food map of Italy, this place is one of the country’s brightest stars. One of the reasons is that it is home to the […]

Trip Report: Caffè Ponchione (Asti, Italy)

Posted by TheShot on 05 Nov 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew, Roasting

Continuing our Espresso in Torino and Piemonte series, we turn to a local roaster who does a whole lot more than the typical torrefazione/caffè in Italy. This one is located in the bustling small town of Asti — as in SF’s Palio d’Asti, which itself is named after the famous bareback horse race in the […]

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 […]

Espresso in Torino and Piemonte

Posted by TheShot on 24 Oct 2007 | Filed under: Barista, Café Society, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting

Piemonte, or Piedmont, is a province located in the Italy’s northwest — near the Alps. Other than the 2006 Winter Olympics, the region has largely been a blind spot on the tourist’s map. Travel guidebooks and TV programs routinely ignore it. And that’s just the way we like it. For example, in Torino — Piemonte’s […]

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