Coffee Lesson #18

hulling:

  • part of the coffee production process; optional step in coffee production
  • removal of the parchment skin of coffee beans
  • removal of what is left from the fruit of the coffee bean

Coffee Lesson #17

iced coffee:

  • a type of cold beverage made from coffee
  • chilled coffee; not the same as cold brew, not equivalent to or to be confused with cold brew coffee
  • hot coffee made through traditional brewing methods that is cooled down to be served over ice
    • iced coffee, tasty and correct iced coffee, is prepared to be iced coffee, it is not day-old coffee that is then served over ice
    • iced coffee is generally brewed at a higher strength because the ice dilutes the strength when served
  • chilled coffee served over iced, often flavored

 

Hawaiian Prelude

I have been given the opportunity to stay in Hawaii for 5 weeks. I will be in Kona, tanning, hiking, enjoying the sounds and sights of island life–and of course scouting out some great coffee.

I have always enjoyed Hawaiian coffee and coffee shops, Kona coffee is among my favorites. I cannot wait to enjoy it, in its home. Wish me the best of luck–and get ready for some Hawaiian recommendations!

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My home, my view, for 5 weeks in Kona 😍

What is coffee?

Okay we’re entering double-digit responses on this one . . . by now I’m sure you’re well aware of my desire to answer this question from multiple angles.

So, “What is coffee?”

Well, *supposedly*, from a variety of conversations, articles, news stories, etc.

Coffee is . . .

  • an aphrodisiac (saucy!)
  • addictive (well, did you see the first point?)
  • a diuretic (that might be a problem . . .)
  • stimulating your bowels (well, this is a problem, and how can it do that and be an aphrodisiac? 🤔)
  • a carcinogenic ( . . . and this is what happens with the internet, I went from being sexy to dying)

Coffee Lesson #16

latte:

  • also referred to as caffé latte (Italian name/word origin)
  • coffee drink made with espresso and steamed milk
    • variations of the drink can include replacing standard steamed milk with other types of milk such as soy, almond, cashew, etc.
    • can be served cold–an iced latte is espresso with chilled milk poured over ice
  • considered a morning drink, especially in Italy/Italian culture
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Hazelnut Latte and a bagel with cream cheese at Sunrise Coffee in Las Vegas, NV

What is coffee?

My ninth attempt to answer “What is coffee?”

Coffee is  . . .

  • healthy
  • beneficial
  • full of nutrients
  • a good source of caffeine
  • part of a balanced diet
  • loaded with antioxidants

 

**I’m neither a nutritionist nor a medical provider of any sort, but trust me–coffee has a lot going for it . . .

Milan, Lombardy, Italy: Starbucks

Okay, hear me out, because I know what you’re thinking: Starbucks in Italy? She’s crazy!

I will admit that there is some level of insanity in me, though that is mostly contained in things outside of coffee recommendations (think resigning from my job before finding my next job, traveling solo, buying a one-way ticket to another country without a firm return or a destination beyond the initial destination–this is lunacy).

Therefore, refrain from instant dismissal, stick with the shock, and just read:

There are certain things you have to see in a city–the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Strip in Las Vegas. Their fame is legendary, and well-established.

Starbucks is everywhere. Their fame is legendary and well-established. Equally legendary and well-established: coffee in Italy. So, what happens when you put these two iconic brands, tastes, and cultures together? Magic. And this is why I recommend going, wholeheartedly, to the Starbucks Reserve in Milan.

Milan is an incredible city, rich with history, architecture, and, most notably, fashion. Milan is one of the busiest and most crowded tourist destinations on the planet. I marveled at every turn.

The Duomo took my breath away. Sempione Park was lush, spacious, and beautiful. The Da Vinci Museum was one of the most interactive, informative, and most fun museums I have ever patroned. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II was filled with a ton of people, and some of the most expensive, lucrative fashion designers in the world.

Incredible. All of it.

That’s not all though. On a photo shoot and tour, I was reminded that the first Starbucks, and the only Starbucks at this time, to enter the borders of Italy was standing in Milan. I remembered hearing about it on the news, at home in the US, and laughing. I remembered Italians making fun and practically mocking the idea. I asked about its welcome and business–it had been a hit! The coffee, the food, the decor, the concept, had all been well-received.

Since it is the first Starbucks in Italy. Since it is the only Starbucks in Italy. Since it received great reviews among locals and tourists, I had to check it out.

The place is massive, and opulent. It’s not a regular coffee shop but a reserve. There’s an upstairs area for coffee and small pastries. The main floor has two sections to order coffee and food–food menus differ on each side. The main floor is also home to a roastery. There are places to buy beans, speak to experts, and purchase all kinds of coffee-related items. There is outdoor seating on the front patio–it’s located in Piazza Cordusio so lots of traffic and people to view on said patio.

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Unlike most other locales in Italy, it’s incredibly spacious–there’s plenty of seating to take that much-needed extended break. Food options are plentiful. Wifi is available, and due to food, space, and Wifi, working individuals are a regular sight.

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Now, I realize there are a few select reserves in the world that mimic much of what I saw, tasted, and enjoyed in Milan. However, the spectacle is rare and beautiful; moreover, it’s the first of its kind in Milan and truly novel in the whole of Italy.

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So, with all of that, I have to say: if you’re ever in Milan, in between all your shopping and sight-seeing, make sure to check out Starbucks Reserve. It’s the only one in Italy. The drinks and food are delicious. The decor is spectacular. The ambiance is vibrant.

Starbucks in Milan? Yes please!

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