1. Avatar rickzullo.com
    October 7, 2015 @ 6:16 am

    Very well researched, John, not only the types of coffee, but the iconic institutions that do them right. This article should be required for anyone who applies for a Permesso di Soggiorno.


  2. John Henderson John Henderson
    October 7, 2015 @ 6:37 am

    Thanks, @RickZullo. It means a lot coming from you. Although I wouldn’t mind trying to drink wine in a piazza all day.


  3. Avatar Pam
    October 7, 2015 @ 9:07 pm

    That was a thoroughly enjoyable read. Only problem is I’m now craving a delicious cappuccino, but it’s 11 pm. Not coffee time. Have to wait till morning and then I’m stuck with the best I can do with my nespresso.

    I’m looking forward to reading some of your other blog posts. Thanks for sharing.


    • John Henderson John Henderson
      October 8, 2015 @ 1:49 am

      Thanks, Pam, for the kind words. It’s the goal of every writer to make readers smell the flowers, feel the wind and, in this case, smell the coffee, pardon the cliché. The problem with coffee in Italy is it spoils you for the rest of the world. Starbucks now makes me nauseous.


  4. Avatar Cari King
    October 8, 2015 @ 2:29 pm

    Hey John. It’s been awhile since I’ve had the chance to sit down and read your entire post. This was wonderful! I’m a die-hard Pollyanna and I love all the positivity you shared about Italy. You are such an amazing writer! I could sense everything you wrote about. The smell, taste and feel of Italy. You gave me goosebumps! It made me remember how Italy resonates within me. Always has. Maybe in a past life, I was an Italian race car driver or crushed grapes and hearts at my vineyard. Either way, Italy’s in my blood, I’m certain of it. Underneath all the noise and activity in my life, Italy has always been softly whispering me home. Maybe it’s time I listened.


    • John Henderson John Henderson
      October 9, 2015 @ 1:07 am

      Thanks for the love, Cari. It’s good to hear from you. You sound like you’re going through Italian withdrawals. It’s worse than coming off heroin. It’s much more addicting. Maybe you need to come over for a fix.


  5. Avatar Annette Bonus
    October 19, 2015 @ 4:17 pm

    I stumbled on Tazza D’oro the first time in Rome; now it’s a ritual: I go first to the Pantheon to pay homage, and then my Tazza fix to ward off jet lag.
    Thanks for the article. I enjoyed it. Will be in Rome again in January 2016…and can’t wait.


    • John Henderson John Henderson
      October 19, 2015 @ 11:28 pm

      Thanks for the kind words, Annette. What’s amazing is Tazz d’Oro hasn’t caved into economic pressure and jacked up its cappuccinos to 3 euros like some of the over-priced tourist traps 50 meters away on the piazza. It’s still only 1.10. And the staff is real nice, shocking considering how many people offend local custom and order cappuccino in the afternoon — like me. However, that was STRICTLY journalistic research.


  6. Avatar Ilenia
    October 22, 2015 @ 7:06 am

    Hi John,

    very well done.

    As an Italian reader (meaning a reader of a very nice language to read regardless of contents – provided it’s well written), I get quickly bored and lose any interest in going any further when reading English texts. I must admit this does not happen with your articles (provided I’m interested in the subject, but that’s how it should be, I assume).


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