From an early age I was captivated by my parent’s countless stories about growing up in Italy. Although we had the good fortune to visit several times throughout my childhood, I always wondered whether part of the luster was simply due to the fact we were on vacation. It’s always different when you’re on vacation right? It came as no surprise to anyone that I jumped at the opportunity to pursue my education in Milan; but I had no idea that this would also lead to my lifelong love of coffee.
There, in a small neighborhood bar named Umberto, after the kindly owner; is where I learned to pull shots for some of the most worlds most scrupulous pallets. Italians take their coffee very seriously. Here I learned to make all manner of coffee drinks, from lattes, to cappuccinos, but of course, I was predominantly pulling good old-fashioned espressos. This is where I learned all the nuance of getting the perfect grind, frothing the perfect cream, and tamping the coffee down just right. I was hooked!
Later in life, my love of coffee led me to visit Central and South America to get a firsthand look at coffee farming, cultivation, and distribution right at the source. I was lucky enough to be joined by my wonderful sister who encouraged me to start this website as an outlet for my love of coffee. We’re looking forward to trying out a bunch of different coffees, and making a couple of silly videos along the way.
Like any other warm blooded American college student, I had more than my fair share of coffee from fine establishments like Starbucks and Intelligentsia. While he may be able to tell you the perfect temperature for an espresso, I don’t think he will every understand the joys of a venti soy latte with a double drizzle of caramel and chocolate! I like to think of myself as the New World counterpart to my brother’s Old World expertise.
For years I was green with envy that Michael got to live in Italy, but I could just never bring myself to leave the West Coast. I did however jump at the opportunity to visit central America for the first time when he told us of his trip while visiting over the holidays. While I was always a coffee lover, meeting and interacting with all the wonderful people on the coffee farms made me passionate about sustainable farming, fair trade, and direct trade coffee. It was while on this trip that I talked Michael out of writing a coffee table book (terrible idea!) and managed to convince him to start this website with me instead (great idea!).
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