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    Hi guys, im visiting Italy and Paris in a couple months for my Honeymoon and was wondering if anyone has any suggestions as to places worth visiting as a coffee enthusiast?

    Thanks, any tips much appreciated!

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    Re: Places of interest to coffee snobs in Italy?

    Check out the first Beanscene mag, there is an article on Jeremy Hulsdunk who worked in Paris, might get a few pointers!!

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      Yep i read that one, it was good. Ive now subscribed to BeanScene, what a great mag!

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        Update...

        Ive arranged for a factory tour at La Marzocco headquarters in Florence. Ill be sure to take lots of photos while im there.

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          Just back from both. Hard to get a bad coffee in Italy - little cafes in side alleys especially. Coffee in restaurants can disappoint, as well as tourist traps (although a couple of espressos at an espresso bar straight off the plane at Rome airport were great - may have had something to do with 20+hrs on planes though).

          Espressos at 0.70 to 0.85 E-cents (in the little village we were staying at plus inner-suburban Rome) the norm (other than inner city tourist traps). Usually come with an aqua minerale as well.

          Conversely, hard to get a good coffee in France. Their espressos are mostly 100ml+ gushers.  :P We loved France, however they seem to struggle with the concept of espresso coffee.

          Except - the cafe in the Musee d  Orsay (on the left bank of the Seine, opposite the Louvre - a must visit!) comprehended our request and made a nice espresso, closely followed by Cafe de Flores (in Bvd St Germain - famous old cafe, best price in otherwise expensive city @ E1.10).

          Didnt get up to Milan.   Saw just enough of Italy to definitely want to go back! You should have a great trip - enjoy!

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            100ml+ gushers sounds pretty express to me.
            Something must be lost in the translation.

            I wasnt into coffee when I visited Italy and France a few years ago (heresy I know but Im reformed now).
            So I didnt actually try much in Italy, though I do remember an iced coffee one stinking hot day at Pisa.
            Coincidentally I did have one at the Musee d Orsay (a great museum to visit - not just for the coffee).



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              Re: Places of interest to coffee snobs in Italy?

              Originally posted by 3C27382F22767F4E0 link=1242422126/0#0 date=1242422126
              Hi guys, im visiting Italy and Paris in a couple months for my Honeymoon and was wondering if anyone has any suggestions as to places worth visiting as a coffee enthusiast?
              Anywhere around travelling, for the experience.

              Just adjust your expectations of what coffee is - very different to the milky menu that Oz still regrettably regards as a coffee norm.

              Go the espresso or ristretto, & dont forget the wealth of other culinary delights ... crusty fresh bread, the cheese, & of course the wine.

              Happy honeymoon

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                Re: Places of interest to coffee snobs in Italy?

                Originally posted by 7643585F557E5F75545C505F55310 link=1242422126/6#6 date=1242785049
                regrettably
                :question :question
                Thats very subjective GOD.
                My father was Greek and I enjoy a good Greek coffee as much as the next relative but I prefer flat whites as my daily coffee.
                One isnt better than the other, just different as you said.
                Different yes; regrettably different no.

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                  Wow that is quite reasonable price wise. I had heard coffee in europe is like 10 bucks Australian... if i can get espressos for less than 1 euro ill be very happy.

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                    If youre just looking for places versus great coffee...then try the Boboli Gardens in Florence. I have a great photo of myself, coffee cup raised, with the beautiful backdrop of the old city of Florence behind me taken at the cafe in the gardens. For me, its a great reminder of the wonderful short stay I had in Florence.

                    As far as the coffee goes, cant really remember, I think it was ok! I mean I drank it! But it was the view and the place that was awesome to me.

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                      Re: Places of interest to coffee snobs in Italy?

                      CS member PeterF is currently in Italy, due back at the end of the month.

                      He has very limited internet until he returns. Im sure hell be able to point out some places to visit (and maybe some places to avoid to)

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