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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Cappuccinos in Italy

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View of Florence, Italy

I had the chance to visit the land of my favorite Cappuccino last month: Italy. While I have a few more places to review in Florence once again, I also ended up taking pictures of each of my capus. I couldn’t help it. I mean, I felt strange doing it, but then when I got home and was able to show off my photos of my trip, the ones of the cappuccino’s got a lot of oohhhs and aahhhhs from friends.I mean, sure the photos of the Tuscan countryside got some pretty rave reviews, (and if you’d like to see those pics and hear more about my trip, you can hop on over to my website NicoleSharpwrites.com or click here!)

But now for the things you’ve come here for and what I intended to put down here today.

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Le Giubbe Rosse

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IMG_1721In the heart of Florence, in the Piazza Repubblica is a café called Le Giubbe Rosse. It was once a gathering place for intellectuals and liberals. In fact, the name itself comes from the red shirts that were worn by Garibaldi’s army during the Italian unification in the 19th century. Today you’ll find red-coated waiters, which is supposedly a lingering sign of the red shirts of old. Continue reading