Tag Archive 'torino'

Trip Report: Caffè Carpano – Eataly (Torino, Italy)

Posted by TheShot on 16 Nov 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew

Our Espresso in Torino and Piemonte series turns back to Torino for an espresso at Eataly — which has taken over the former Carpano vermouth factory across the street of Torino’s massive Lingotto complex. Torino is also the birthplace of vermouth and consequently the apéritif. (I am also quite a longtime fan of Carpano Antica.) […]

Trip Report: Caffè Torino (Torino, Italy)

Posted by TheShot on 09 Nov 2007 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew

Back to our Espresso in Torino and Piemonte series, today we return to Torino’s “living room” for classic grand café style at Caffè Torino. We touched on this café last year when writing about the coffee at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games. Like other grand cafés on the square, there’s seating in the piazza outside. […]

Trip Report: Neuv Caval’d Brôns (Torino, Italy)

Posted by TheShot on 03 Nov 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Foreign Brew

As for the next installment in our Espresso in Torino and Piemonte series, this time we’re breaking out the big guns. This grand café on the grand Piazza San Carlo is as grand as anything on Venice’s Piazza San Marco. And this square marks the home of a few notable grand cafés in Torino — […]

Art of making espresso lies in following the rules

Posted by TheShot on 29 Jun 2007 | Filed under: Quality Issues

It’s old news. We’ve repeated this story many times, and every news agency seems to run it when the editorial board gets desperate, but it bears repeating. Today Reuters published an article from Torino (the world’s espresso café motherland, in my book) on the rules for making a proper espresso: Art of making espresso lies […]

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 […]

In Torino, nothing says “I am out of my mind” quite like ordering an espresso “to go”

Posted by TheShot on 12 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew

This is one of the things I love about Torino and the Italians in general. A reporter for Newsweek, who is in Torino covering the 2006 Winter Olympic Games, reports on how he ordered his double espresso “to go” and was encountered with bewildered stares from the locals … from the barista serving it to […]

Trip Report: Emporio Rulli Gran Caffé

Posted by TheShot on 11 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

Some of the e-mail I receive comes from café and coffee house owners who ask me to revisit and re-review their espresso. The ones who do bother to e-mail obviously care about their espresso, so I am only happy to oblige. Last week, at the e-mail requests of both Mario and Gary Rulli (though Gary […]

Take a coffee break in Torino

Posted by TheShot on 07 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew

As Torino readies to host the world at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games, many unwary tourists will discover Torino for the first time. One of the things tourists will discover is their excellent cafés and coffee: USATODAY.com – Take a coffee break in Torino. For the record, I love Torino. It is one of my […]

Chicago Espresso

Posted by TheShot on 31 Dec 2005 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

Every once in a while I have the privilege of visiting some place else. Eventhough American cities are becoming more and more homogenized, not everything is a Starbucks. When it comes to espresso, Chicago has a few notable exceptions that I experienced this year. Name Address Neighborhood Espresso [info] Cafe [info] Overall [info] Intelligentsia 53 […]