Starbucks, Please no more to go cups!!! [Tom’s notes from Italy]


Starbucks, Please no more to go cups!!! [Tom’s notes from Italy]

Buon Giorno!!!  Coffee in Italy is fantastic!!  While I applaud Starbucks for introducing the Latte and Cappuccino to Americans I  wish that so much of it was not lost in translation.  Coffee in Italy is just as much social as it is about the coffee.  No to-go cups here.  Italians stand at the bar sipping their espressos and cappuccinos while engaging in conversation.  In America the machine stands between the customer and the barista.  In Italy the barista is the conduit to the machine, engaging customers as they make their morning cup of conversation.  I am one of the guilty ones, as I often get my cappuccino to-go. Coffee houses and cafe’s lower your bar, give me seating and move the big machine between us and you may find myself and others sticking around, tweeting about how awesome you are.  Who knows, maybe a conversation could take place that can change a friendship, community or even the world.

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