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Coffee In Turin, Italy Is An Experience For Coffee Lovers

The coffee in Turin, Italy can be enjoyed in Italy or at home because the most popular coffee, Lavazza, is easy to find, buy and enjoy anytime you would like.

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What Is The Most Famous Coffee In Turin?

The most important reason for wanting to visit Turin is because of the creation of one Luigi Lavazza and the grocery store he opened in 1895. I have enjoyed Lavazza coffee for a long time, and I’ve written about coffee previously, more than once,  so I feel like it is my duty to make this coffee-based pilgrimage. If you need another reason and would like to learn more about Torino, please take a look at the Office of Tourism and imagine enjoying an espresso there!

More recently, Lavazza has been growing their reach well beyond Italy and it is one of the few Italian coffees available at local stores across the US. Not all the delicious roasting styles are available everywhere, but the name is becoming very well known in the US and abroad.

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What Is Bicerin?

Bicerin is a popular hot drink from Turin, Italy. It contains coffee, chocolate and milk, which sems similar to what we in the US had called a “mocha”.

What Does Bicerin Mean In Italian?

The word bicerin is from a dialect of the Piedmont region. It means “little glass” and the drink known as Bicerin is traditionally served in a small glass. The Italian version of the word is bicchierino, which is the diminuative form of the word bicchiere, meaning: glass.

My Ancient History with Turin, Italy

When I was young, I had a limited exposure to Italian cities beyond the big three (Rome, Venice and Florence). As a result, my knowledge of Torino was framed by two things: The Shroud of Turin and The Gran Torino. If you are unfamiliar with either, let me explain:

The Shroud of Turin, or in Italian: La Sindone di Torino, is a burial shroud that people believe was the linen cloth that Jesus was buried in after his crucifixion. It is on display in the Cathedral in Turin and you too can visit, see the shroud and add your voice to the debate about its authenticity. For me, having learned of this in the 70’s on T.V., during the very weird time of That’s Incredible, Ripley’s Believe it or Not and a stream of shows about UFOs, I put this memory in the same part of my brain as other dubious discoveries.

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The Gran Torino was a movie with a Clint Eastwood and a bad-ass car from the 70’s by Ford. On a related note, Turin was considered “the Detroit of Italy”. Stop and think about that for a minute. Is that a compliment or an insult?

What Is Turin, Italy Known For?

More recently I’ve learned much more about Torino that really stokes my interests, and currently is planned to be included in our next trip to Italy. “Why?” you may ask. Well certainly being the home of Juventus F.C. could be fun. Our son bought a team jersey (kit?) on a past trip to Rome and was roundly abused verbally by a string of people who truly hate that team. With that kind of passion, both for and against, it seems like a great opportunity to engage in a lively debate on on the primacy of various calcio teams across the boot.
Also, as mentioned above, the city was known as the Detroit of Italy due to being the home to FIAT, Lancia and Alfa Romeo car manufacturers. I would love to see a collection of old Cinquecento model FIAT cars, mostly because of their beauty, but also to hopefully wipe from my brain the memory of the awful original version of The Italian Job with Michael Caine. If you want to see some cool FIAT 500s, watch the Mark Wahlberg version. (That’s a phrase I never thought I would type.)

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The most important reason for wanting to visit Turin is because of the creation of one Luigi Lavazza. Another good reason is the grocery store he opened in 1895. I love Lavazza coffee and it is my duty to make a pilgrimage to the holy land of coffee. In my next post, I’m going to try to encourage you to consider Lavazza’s delicious nectar of the gods (coffee) for your next purchase. Until then, if you would like to learn more about Torino, please take a look at the Office of Tourism. You can imagine enjoying an espresso in such a beautiful location!

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