Italian Prelude

Get ready people!

I’m going to Italy!


In 2005 I studied abroad in Rome, Italy, and it was amazing. It was my first time to Europe, and I got to live there.

I studied art, architecture, religion, and Italian. I went to an opera, I took a wine tasting class, I sipped on espresso. I had the time of my life. I have nothing but fond memories of this experience. 13 years later, I’m headed back.

At the end of October I will be in Rome for 5 days, then I will take a train north. In Rome, I will be alone to explore and revisit this beautiful historical and cultural hub. In the north, I will be staying with a family through a culture/work exchange discovered and arranged through WorkAway.

I’m thrilled to study everything all over again, to maybe have the time of my life, again, and, of course, add to my burgeoning coffee knowledge-base. 😉 ☕

Italy is a coffee giant. Italy has its own coffee culture, and it shapes coffee culture as we know it–get ready for a whole new level of learning and sharing; I’m ready, are you?

Coffee Humor

With so many hilarious tidbits, sayings, memes, and posts on coffee . . . let’s start a catalog of some of the best coffee-inspired humor.

Stay tuned for a new section, a new series of posts, entitled “Coffee Humor.”

Also, consider this an all-call, if you find something good send it over!

Coffee Lesson #11

coffee blend:

  • combination of coffees
    • coffee is blended (combined) for culinary and economic purposes
  • process, or art, that mixes coffee in order to complement the flavor of each selection of coffee
  • coffee beans from two or more different locations that are mixed and roasted together

What is coffee?

My fifth attempt to answer “What is coffee?”

Coffee is  . . .

  • liquid wisdom (mug)
  • liquid sanity (mug/meme)
  • not just a drink, it’s a lifestyle (mug)
  • a gift (me . . . and a whole lot of other people)
  • autocorrect for my brain (meme)
  • daytime wine (mug)
  • my cup of tea (decoration)

But what about this place?

  • Let this be the next segment of “But what about this place?”
  • Let this be an addendum to my previous statement “Bring the suggestions, I will always go!”


I recently stumbled across the following article: Coffee Shop with Fish Swimming Right at the Foot in Saigon.

I did some digging and read more on this coffee shop and the concept. I have come to the conclusion that I just can’t do this.

I feel like I’m adventurous, but I don’t think I’m that adventurous.

I can’t sit in ankle deep water, in an artificial tank, with fish just swimming by my feet as I try to drink my coffee. I would be too jumpy and end up spilling my coffee! And honestly, it just sounds gross. I don’t want the smell of coffee disrupted by the smell of feet, or fish.

Maybe I am overthinking it, but this is one place I don’t find appealing, one place I cannot say I will put on my list of places to try–but maybe you could try it and let me know how it goes? 😬

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