Moka shopping

Espresso – what the Italians, ahem, call il caffè – is so popular you find it all around the world. If you love il caffè italiano [Italian coffee] and want to try replicating it outside of Italy, stock up on Italian-roasted coffee and bring una moka home. The word moka refers to a specific kind of caffettiera, a simple espresso maker for at-home use originally invented in 1933 by Alfonso Bialetti. The Bialetti brand … Continue reading Moka shopping

A few facts on coffee in Italy

Most of the world’s coffee is grown in Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia. So if the Italians don’t grow it, why is il caffè an Italian cultural institution? The Italians don’t grow coffee beans, but they certainly do roast them. As of late 2010, one report counted over 700 Italian companies devoted to roasting coffee. By means […]

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