Zero Six Coffee Fix

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Zero Six Coffee Fix is a coffee shop close to my heart. You see, a while back I worked at a coffee shop with some great people. One of those people was Jeannie Jackson, and Jeannie is the dynamic, vibrant, hardworking woman behind this new coffee shop that you need to check out ASAP. (In my humble opinion.) Continue reading

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Summer Cups…

I’ve been in the middle of coffee limbo lately. That sounds like a weird existential crisis, doesn’t it? It’s not that I’m not having any coffee. That would be crazy. It’s just that the coffee I am having has been at some of my usual favorite places, Flying M, Coffee Studio, JanJou. But most of the time I was in my own backyard.

And when time came about to visit with friends, most of them ended up coming to my house. Which meant that we’d find ourselves outside in the shade of an umbrella, surrounded by the flowers, drinking one of my own homemade cuppa’s.

I am feeling the tug once again to get back to my coffee ramblings and have several new shops to write about. So stay tuned. And in thanks for hanging in here with me, and because if you are reading this then you, like myself, probably love pretty pictures of coffee. Here’s a retrospective of my summer, done in pictures of cappuccinos.

National Espresso Day

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img_20161123_094331Did you know such a thing as National Espresso Day existed? Neither did I.

In honor of the bold, creamy coffee and it’s celebratory day, it seems only right we raise una tazzina (an espresso cup).

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Espresso has been around since the early 1900s and got it’s name “thanks to the technology used to make the dark, rich brew, which is “pressed out” and tailor made ‘pronto’ for its consumer.” According to the National Espresso Day website.

Espresso, the technology behind the machines that brew it, has a long and rich history. The tall and short of it, pun intended, was that coffee was a big business in Europe. “But coffee brewing was a slow process…Seeing an opportunity, inventors across Europe began to explore ways of using steam machines to reduce brewing time – this was, after all, the age of steam.

Angelo Moriondo of Turin, Italy is credited with creating the first machine that could brew coffee quickly. While Luigi Bezzera is credited as the father of espresso.

So raise a cup and for a moment appreciate the history of your coffee drink.

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Cesare Pasticceria

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I’ve been lucky enough to have the opportunity the past few years to explore the city of Florence. I am still a tourist, but in a very strange way, I know more than the average tourist because of the family I have in that town. And because said family is kind enough to take me to so many different places, I get to try sooo many different cafes!

But I don’t rely on family alone. I still love to immerse myself in the culture, I love heading out by myself, taking the bus and just seeing where the day will take me. I’ve worked my ass off over the past six years to learn the Italian language and I try to use it as much as I can!

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Coffee Leaves

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It’s fall and as the Big Machine of consumerism churns out the Latte of Pumpkin Spice popularity, I too fall in line of the sigh-able coffee moments.

I’ve been working a lot this summer writing in my fiction world and I have left my coffee project in arrears, I fear.

Always a Cappuccino has become that good friend that I can easily slip back into conversation with, but don’t call all that often. However, today I was jarred out of my inactivity by a line of poetry.

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