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Viva Bialetti!

Background
It’s not an overstatement to say that the Bialetti Moka is an iconic piece of Italian culture. This stove-top espresso maker, sold by Coffee In Italia, was invented by Alfonso Bialetti in 1933 and is considered so iconic that it is displayed in multiple museums as an example of modern industrial art. These coffee pots have gained worldwide popularity with more than 300 million sold around the globe. While there are now may variations of the original, some of which can be found on our site, there is no denying the importance of the original by Bialetti.
I Baffi
Alfonso’s son, Renato (a.k.a.: I Baffi), died in Switzerland at the age of 93 on February 11, 2016. The caricature printed on Bialetti of a mustachioed man with his index finger in the air was modeled after him, and became the logo for the company.
One interesting note is that when Renato was buried, his ashes were put into an over-sized replica of the iconic Moka. If you read Italian, or just want to see the picture…

Coffee in Italia On the Road

This year has been a busy one for Coffee in Italia and it's not slowing down anytime soon.  We're hitting the road 3 times before the end of the year, so let's talk travel!
First up is Trieste, Italy,  home of the Trieste Espresso Expo, which I'll be attending for the first time. I'm super excited to be visiting a place in Italy that I've never been before and I'm looking forward to connecting with others in the Italian espresso industry.  Fingers crossed that I come back with some new offerings for the store!

In researching how to spend my time, outside of the Expo, I came across the NYT Travel section's famous "36 Hours in..." and now can't wait to hit Mercato Coperto which I hadn't come across before in other searches.  Of course I'll be hitting some of the gorgeous bars for un caffè and riding up the Opicina Tram to take in the view of the city from above.  And if I can figure out how to tour the Illy plant, I'll really be in…

A Moment Of Coffee Clarity

Background
My distrust of and disdain for Starbucks is is not new, but I recently wrote about their efforts to further confuse their products with actual Italian coffee culture, and I also wrote about efforts by Italian-American businesses to push back on their desires to encroach on the beautiful Italian Culture in the North End in Boston.
While I've never liked their dilution of actual culture, is hasn't always been obvious what tangible effects this could have, beyond confusing customers and running small coffee shops out of business. Well, that was true until very recently...
Recent Events
On a trip to NYC, we ate a fabulous meal at one of our favorite restaurants, Ribalta. Their pizza is true Neapolitan style, the wine selection is fantastic, their service if great, and if you go at the right time you can enjoy a Calcio (soccer) game with a very spirited and lively crowd. We try to go whenever we are in town, and this recent trip was no exception. At the end of our delici…