Yesterday night was Umbra’s Coffee Safari – led by staff members Zachary Nowak and Tyler Pace – through the streets of Perugia. Nowak and Pace first did a round of Perugia’s cafés: Sandri (an upscale cafè and pastry shop), Caffè Turreno (the “intellectual’s café”), and Caffè Morlacchi (the university caffè), with the last stop Caffè di Roma.
Locals refer to Caffè di Roma as “lo Starbucks” for its interior, whichseems intentionally modeled after the American giant. There Nowak and Pace gave a mini-lecture about coffee – its history, botany, and economics – before the focus of the workshop itself, the cup o’ Joe. Students indulged in, variously, anespresso, a caffè macchiato (an espresso “stained” with milk), and even a marocchino (a caffè macchiato but with chocolate).
The workshop was the first in a two-part series, which will continue next week with the Pizza Workshop. Those interested should sign up in Via Mazzini.