Category Archives: coffee

Starbucks Italy: Coffee Chain Plans Italian Rollout

starbucks rip off in Naples

UPDATE 2017: Starbucks Italy is about to be a reality. This could be it. 2016 could be the year that Starbucks comes to Italy. The American chain has been in talks with a Milan-based company to bring the franchise to Italy.  A decision was expected in December 2015 but has finally been announced.  Starbucks had previously […]

Decaf Pocket Coffee

As a whole, I think that Italian candy is pretty terrible. There are no good fruity candies. No skittles or starburst or equivalent. And there are very few chocolate choices that do not include hazelnuts (which I despise). However, then there is Pocket Coffee. I love Pocket Coffee. That day I found a Pocket Coffee […]

Ditta Artigianale: Third Wave Coffee in Florence

ditta artigianale in Florence

Happy National Coffee day to my fellow Americans! I love me some coffee. Most days, slightly burnt and rather acidic Roman espresso will do just fine. Other times, I have to go to Florence for the day. Ditta Artigianale was everything I dreamed it would be. The second location, in Florence’s Oltrarno area, is a […]

Coffee in Rome from Sant’Eustachio

The plastic sheeting is back. After a summer of heat waves and travel, I really forgot what Rome is likely on a cool and very rainy day. In my corner of Testaccio, where a clothes dryer is an unthinkable and unnecessary luxury, that means plastic sheeting.  Clothes do not stop dirtying themselves simply because it […]

Coffee with a Colosseum View

I won’t bore you with how hot it was. I won’t bother trying to describe how oppressive the humidity feels when not a single wisp of a breeze can be found. I won’t even begin to recount the discomfort, the lack of mobility, or the will do anything but lie perfectly still with the shutters […]