If you're drinking coffee with the sole intent of staying awake, being productive or battling the Houston heat, Starbucks will do just fine. For all other days, seeking out small, independent shops is the best way to ensure a quality espresso.   Soon there will be another local Italian café to satisfy your quality caffeine craving. Fellini C...

by Nick Panzarella   If you're strolling down Kelvin in Rice Village, you'll eventually encounter an upscale coffee shop that seems in line with the entire Village vibe—that is until you realize the customers inside are all speaking in Italian. And those customers aren't just one Italian family in Houston by rare accident. You'll notice grou...

For all I know, it might actually have belonged to my great-grandmother, Giuseppina, a rock of a woman who brought her two younger kids over from Italy to track down her husband, who met them at the boat then disappeared again.   (There's more to that story, I'm sure.) You see how the tarnish on it, the bangs and dents, the sense of a histor...

by Meta Pettus   National Coffee Month is nearing its end but that doesn't mean you're going to stop drinking coffee. In fact, if you're like other Americans you might be nursing a cup of coffee right now. Galllup recently found that 64 percent of American adults reported drinking at least one cup of coffee daily, with only 10 percent o...

Smooth. Bold. Strong. Authentic. Italian. Words typically reserved to describe a delicious and gratifying cup of espresso coffee. However, the same words can also depict the man behind his coffee and espresso machines, Massimo Bresin, founder of Roma Espresso located in Kearny Mesa. Migrating in the late 1970's from Rome, Italy, Massimo's intentio...

by Mike Riccetti Coffee brewed as espresso – quickly in small amounts under pressure – is possibly the most distinctively Italian of beverages. In Italy espresso is consumed hastily, a very small cup at a time, in the morning and afternoons at small coffee shops called bars. It is the most common post-meal drink, too.   It has long been a s...

When I lived in Rome, "taking a coffee" (or, prendere un caffè) gave me heart palpitations. I never mastered the speed, system, or standing-up-ness of their counter culture.   I desperately craved a grande skim latté. No — I desperately craved a grande skim latté TO GO, which is absolutely impossible, as anyone who's ever visited Italy knows...

I was born in Rome, Italy but now live in San Francisco, CA where there is a big focus and excitement surrounding coffee; not just American coffee but Italian Espresso, Cappuccino and everything in between — unfortunately the espresso coffee is mostly terrible. Coffee shops/bars spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in interior design, purchase f...

Disposable coffee cups are not as big a problem in Italy, where people get their caffeine fix from a quick espresso served at the bar in a ceramic cup. Here's why we should adopt the same habit in North America.   While traveling in Sardinia, Italy, my husband and I stopped at a small roadside bar for an early morning coffee. The barista pul...

Bialetti (www.bialetti.com), the leading Italian cookware and coffee maker company, announced today that it has expanded its U.S. online presence with the launch of its own Bialetti USA e-commerce website. Shoppers visiting the new Bialetti site can purchase the company's complete line of cookware and coffee products, as well as authentic spare par...