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Wednesday, November 29, 2023

illy India Coffee Will Start Your Morning With Flavor

illy India coffee is something I recently became aware of when I bought a can of illy’s Arabica Selection from India here in Rome and you need to check it out.

Illy India Coffee - Can

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Antigua Tazza D’Oro Is A Great Coffee Shop In Rome

Antigua Tazza D’Oro is an authentic Italian coffee from Rome with an amazing coffee shop near the Pantheon that you should try for a quick burst of energy.

Antigua Tazza D’Oro - Tazzina

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Moka Pot Cleaning With Vinegar

Moka pot cleaning with vinegar will help you maintain your stove-top espresso maker without adding any strange tastes from the time you buy it and for years.

moka pot cleaning with vinegar - rinsing

Thursday, November 9, 2023

Caffe Giolitti In Rome Is A Great Italian Coffee Bar

Caffe Giolitti in Rome is a great stop during your next visit if Italian coffee culture is something you want to experience. Let us be your guide!

Caffe Giolitti In Rome - Cup

Are Sant’Eustachio Coffee Beans Worth A Taste In Rome?

Sant’Eustachio coffee beans are amazing and the caffè is a great place to have an espresso and check out Italian coffee culture on your next visit.

Sant’Eustachio Coffee Beans - Caffè

Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Bars In Rome, Italy Are An Experience

Bars in Rome, Italy are very different from what you have probably experienced in the US. An Italian bar is a good place to get a coffee, a snack, a breakfast pastry and yes even a cocktail. They aren’t a place to hangout for hours, watch the golf match and drink from wide range of beers on tap.

Bars in Rome, Italy - Empty Espresso

Coffee From Italy Can Be Enjoyed At Home

Having a delicious cup of coffee from Italy in the morning is an important part of my daily ritual and has been for years. We made this such a big part of our lives that we had started an eCommerce site that specialized in selling coffee from Italy. Don’t worry, this isn’t a sales pitch as we shuttered the site when we moved to Italy and this blog is all that remains.

Coffee From Italy - Espresso

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

The Most Popular Italian Coffee To Enjoy

I wrote about our history with amazing Italian coffee in an earlier post, and I hope you will take a few minutes to read that first for context. We have been passionate about Italian coffee for a long time and the reasons go beyond the taste, but they also include the Italian coffee cultural and its importance here in Italy. Since moving to Rome, it is even more obvious that coffee is an essential part of everyday life.

Most Popular Italian Coffee - Sanity

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Where Can You Find Some Amazing Italian Coffee?

There is an almost unlimited number of coffee roasters in Italy and they range from small artisan roasters to huge international companies, like Illy and Lavazza, that are known world-wide for their delicious coffee.

Italian Coffee Culture - Caffè del Doge
Caffè del Doge from Venice, Italy

Monday, October 2, 2023

The Origins Of The Alessi Ossidiana Stovetop Espresso Maker

Of all the beautiful Alessi stovetop espresso makers that you can find online (Ossidiana, Pulcina, La Cupola, Moka), I think my favorite is the Ossidiana.  There is something about the look of it that appeals to me, so I went to do some research for an Instagram post about it and its Sicilian designer, Mario Trimarchi.  

Italian Coffee Makers - Alessi Ossidiana Stovetop Espresso Maker

I found a video of il Sig. Trimarchi describing the design process.  My favorite quote was: "If you design something you can describe by phone, this is not interesting at all."

Friday, September 1, 2023

How To Use Stovetop Espresso Makers

Our History Of Stovetop Espresso Makers

Our journey from automatic drip coffeemakers to stove-top espresso makers was long, but it shouldn't have been!  We received a Bialetti Moka pot as a wedding shower gift from my sister and as we had no idea how to use it, we boxed it up and dragged it around with us on our many moves.  During an unpacking, we realized the handle had broken so we dumped it (big mistake but who knew!).

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