Wow I've just stumbled into this thread.
Dawg, that cappucino is pretty sick! Beautiful!
|And, get this, the Interstate through northern Penn was the only place I've ever seen espresso bars in the highway rest stops. Couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the sign for Lavazza (or perhaps it was Illy, I can't remember) beside the ones for McDonalds and Mobil. Screech of tires...."Pull off the road, honey, I need a shot!"- SGN
SGN- In Connecticut on I-95 the rest stop/gas/McDonalds have those Lavazza coffe stands. At least last summer anyway. They do not however have high level barristas. Still, the coffee was excellent and I used to go out of my way to stop there although I was just getting Americano's. Still, last summer I was outside a Starbucks and talking about coffee with a couple of people. Where to get the best cup came up. - Basic "coffee" here not the art level of Dawg's and all you maniacs. So I mentioned that the rest stop on I-95 was probably the best in the area. The cop chimed in and said "That's what my wife says!"
Dawg, what is a competition level cup of cappucino? There are competions for such things? What's involved in that? Do you pick your beans and grinder and all that?
As far as not drinking cappucino's after 10am - yeah I remember hearing that when I was in Italy. Was in Rome 3 weeks, Venice for 3 weeks in 96 and another week in 98. Basically I ignored it completely would sometimes get a look but at least I was attempting to speak Italian. I just loved cappucino's and the local bars I'd go to didn't think twice about making me one in the afternoon, after dinner or even late night. I'd get at least one cappucino and a couple of espressos.
Thing I loved about Italy is you can often get fantastic coffee in the train stations! Venice was great - sipping cappucino's at the bar and looking through the doors to the Grand Canal. Naples station the moment I was there had bad coffee but that is the only subpar one I remember.
Nespresso. Some friends of mine got the one of the first generation of machines in the US. At that time there was some sort of automatic "upgrade" they gave you when they kept changing machines. I think they had a total of 3 different ones by the time Nespresso settled on that Krups one in the early 90's. You'd take the machine in and they gave you a new one.
The early style capsules were different and had much more aluminum in them and had a filter screen inside-perforated aluminum. Those ones were much more fun because pressure would build up and a distinctive loud pop was heard when the capsule opened and the coffe came out. They later switched to a much thinner aluminum and the filter was put into the handle (whatever that thing is you put the coffe in and twist)
I think Nespresso totally screwed up the whole thing because they never really marketed it very well. It's not bad I think for something basic and easy. I think it's quite superior to the Illy "pods" that are usually dry and stale. Macy's used to carry Nespresso but that relationship is gone I believe.
Is the ECM Giotto the same machine as the Anita Quicbrew?