Happy Anniversary!

On January 19, 2018 this journey began . . .

In one year, I have developed as a blog writer, coffee photographer, coffee commentator, and social media user. I have written about coffee shops in California, Nevada, Utah, and Minnesota. I have traveled abroad, and written about coffee and coffee bars in Italy. I have read dozens of articles on coffee, and inserted them into my posts–as well as learned tremendously from these readings. I have started and kept designated posts for quotes, humor, pictures, lessons, and all sorts of lists. I have managed to keep up with a weekly schedule of 2-3 posts per week, for a whole year!

I’m so proud–aren’t you? 😁

Thank you to everyone who has joined me on this journey, and a special thank you to all of you who have supported me on this new path of growth and development–we’ve accomplished a lot, and it’s going to be even better heading into year 2!

Cittadella, Padua, Italy: Caffé Al Pozzo

For 6 weeks I lived in Galliera Veneto, Padua, Italy, with an Italian family. It was a very small town, in the north of Italy–a completely different experience than 13 years prior when I had studied abroad in Rome.

In a different part of the country, under different circumstances and obligations, at a different point in my life, my life and adventures took a different course. I had done the big cities (Rome, Venice, Florence). Now, it was time for lesser known cities . . .

. . . like Cittadella!

Cittadella was a military outpost in the 13th century, so when you get off the train, you walk a bit, and within 5 minutes you’re in the heart and center of a walled city.

According to what I read and learned, it’s the only walled city in all of Europe! So, it’s a perfect stop to not just walk the entirety of the walled city, it’s enough time to check out the wall itself–that’s right, it has a fully functional walkway nearly 50 feet (15 meters) above ground.

 

Once you’re done walking the walls, checking out the shops, and feeling like a local, make a stop at Caffé Al Pozzo.

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Every coffee shop, every coffee bar, is lovely. Every gelato place is excellent–you can get coffee there too! Nevertheless, I have a special place in my heart for Al Pozzo.

It’s small, but most bars in Italy are small. It has a lovely outdoor seating area, which on a sunny day must be magical; I was there during the winter, so I stayed indoors. The decor is a little fun, orange is one of my favorite colors. The coffee is superb; I got something different each time, and every time, it was delicious. Al Pozzo was also the first place I had brioche, a chocolate brioche, during my travels. This is heavenly. Finally, and I cannot stress this enough, the customer service was superb.

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I truly appreciate anyone who patiently waits as I try to think of the right words, and fumble through my coins trying to figure out exact change. Al Pozzo does all of that–and more.

So, if you’re ever in Cittadella, stop by Al Pozzo–they’ll not only treat you well, but you’ll be able to enjoy some great coffee and brioche too.

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January 7, 2019: Quote of the Day

“The whole purpose of places like Starbucks is for people with no decision-making ability whatsoever to make six decisions just to buy one cup of coffee. Short, tall, light, dark, caf, decaf, low-fat, non-fat, etc. So people who don’t know what the hell they’re doing, or who on earth they are, can, for only $2.95, get not just a cup of coffee but an absolutely defining sense of self: Tall. Decaf. Cappuccino.”

–You’ve Got Mail (1998), Tom Hanks as Joe Fox

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How much caffeine?

So I recently found this in a Google search: The Coffee Chain Flat White that Contains More Caffeine than Three Red Bulls.

There are moments in life when something pops up in your results, or your feed, and you have to make a decision–Do I really want to know? Should I click?

Well, I clicked on it.

Short answer: Costa Coffee.

Immediate reaction: Thank goodness I don’t have any near me, and I actually have never been. Now I know.

Next thought: Should I look up my caffeine intake?

I normally have my coffee in the morning; as stated in the article, caffeine intake should be monitored for the purposes of sleep. My caffeine will have left my system by bedtime if I just drink it in the morning.

I don’t drink energy drinks, tea, or soda. I normally have one big cup of coffee at home, or a fancy drink somewhere else. I’m really not ingesting caffeine outside of coffee.

I’m going to go ahead and keep my fingers crossed that my caffeine intake is a healthy dosage. However, if I ever make it to Costa, I’m definitely skipping their flat white!! Unless, I need it. 😉 😂

Rome, Lazio, Italy: Antico Caffé Greco

You’re in Italy, where do you go for coffee?

Technically the answer is anywhere. It’s Italy. It’s known for its coffee. However, if you’re in Rome, there’s one must-see: Antico Caffé Greco.

Established in 1760, located on Via Condotti, a high-end shopping haven, Caffé Greco is the oldest coffee bar in Rome. Whereas all its neighbors are selling modern fashion trends, Caffé Greco stands out for its longevity and traditional landscape.

It’s near the Spanish Steps, so if you’ve been climbing those steps, or climbing the hill to get to that area, or simply need fuel to be able to browse all the famous designer shops, it’s the place to make a stop.

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Need more reasons to go?

It’s the oldest bar in Rome, but it’s also famous as the second oldest coffee bar in Italy. It’s a historical landmark. So go and taste a bit of history.

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It’s spacious, clean, and serves not just delicious coffee, but delicious treats. There’s plenty of room at the counter, and a lot of places to sit–in a city filled with cafes where there’s often just a counter, a seat is a welcome treat. Furthermore, it’s impeccably clean, even the bathrooms are golden–literally, it’s got gold trim decor. Rome has a bit of a cleanliness problem, and it’s hard to find a bathroom, so Caffé Greco definitely feels like a treasure in this department.

And, of course, there’s coffee and treats.

There’s a counter to order coffee, and any pastry on display. Order, pay, show your receipt to the barista. Enjoy it standing up, and walk away. If you want the added experience, the seated experience, be advised that seating is delightful, but makes everything more expensive. It’s up to you: if you want to just check it off your list of things to do, the counter is great. If you want to get the fuller experience, have a seat. Whatever you do, just make sure to check it out, you won’t be disappointed. Bon appetit! 😉

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