Proliferator

This blog really wants to stand at a bar and drink his espresso.

Posts Tagged ‘Bologna

Latte Art, Italian Style

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I finally made it to the Caff√© degli Orefici here in Bologna, supposedly the home of the finest Bolognese espresso. I ordered a cappuccino, and from what I could tell about the base it was definitely the best I’ve had in Italy so far. The milk was at a nice temperature, too, which meant that I was able to polish it off quite rapidly.

The barista etched what I initially thought to be a face with giant eyes and a funny nose. I looked more closely, and it was actually a woman’s body from the bust down. And, I don’t know if this was intentional, but the pelvic area was, uh, realistically shaded.

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22 May, 2009 at 2:19 am

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Two Theses

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The coffee is much better here in Bologna than it was in Milan. Two thoughts:

1) Milan had a massive influx of workers from the poor, southern areas of Italy in the late 19th and early 20th century. If they brought coffee tradition with them, it would account for the roasts being darker there.

2) The water here in Bologna is hard, which makes it difficult to over-extract coffee. I had an espresso today that should have been quite bitter, but was not. It ran blond for a looong time and was quite thin, but it lacked the harshness I was expecting.

A waiter at the restaurant I ate at when I arrived claimed that it’s the machines, but I had a good espresso off of a VBM here, and VBM is a Milanese company. The coffee is significantly lighter and the water has a higher mineral content.

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6 May, 2009 at 3:24 pm

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Uh oh, I might never leave this place

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I arrived in Bologna a few hours ago and have had two incredibly pleasing espressos since then.

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5 May, 2009 at 1:36 pm

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