Category Archives: Espresso
The Urban75 blog carries an excellent photo feature on Store Street Espresso. It’s great to see new artisan cafes springing up around the British Museum in the wake of the much loved Coffee Gallery>>>
Store Street Espresso 40 Store Street London WC1E 7DB
The recently opened Museum of coffee machines – MUMAC – in Milan, Italy, houses the Maltoni Collection, the largest espresso machine exhibit in the world, which has on display all the Italian-made espresso machine models produced from 1900 to 2000. Located in a newly restored space within the headquarters of Gruppo Cimbali, the exhibition path is laid out as a journey through different eras. Each room corresponds to a specific time period with photos, advertising billboards, and other displays setting the equipment into historical context.
We recently came across an article by Herbert Mitang written for the New York Times back in 1956 about the city’s new ‘Caffe Bohemia’ and how it was being encouraged by the Italian consulate anxious to test the potential market for espresso in the States. Mitang, however, concluded that it was unlikely espresso would overtake American style coffee, quoting one observer as saying ‘I have great respect for what comes out of the Italian kitchen in general, but their coffee ought never to come out at all – they should use it to remove the stains from copper kettles.’
Mitang claimed that the first espresso machine in New York was set up around 1916 by an Italian named Maioglio Barbetta in his restaurant on West 46th Street.
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