OK, we weren’t really wrong, it WAS hard choosing shower gel and shampoo and getting the hot water distributed throughout the building….and, we did spend an awful lot of time on that logo. But, isn’t it funny how time changes perception??
SO – just weeks away (or so they say) from being “official,” I present to you
Choosing the right coffee!
If you’ve ever 1) lived in Italy, 2) visited Italy, or 3) met an Italian you know how important caffe is to the livelihood of this society. So, why I am surprised this has been such an important venture in our quest for opening the perfect Italian B&B, I don’t know…but, I am.
After five weeks of meeting with reps from Calabrese coffee companies, Mauro, Gugliemo, and Aiello (not ONE of which was EVER on time to the meetings, by the way), we ventured outside of Bella Calabria. Convinced Lavazza would save the day we anticipated our meeting with confidence, suppressing only a hint of last-chance desperation. The guy arrived at the B&B, scruffy-faced and un-tucked. Ok. He unloaded not one, but two macchine for us to try.
This dishevelled company man, you see, was the ONLY rep who actually let us taste the coffee BEFORE we dropped, well, let’s just say, a whole bunch o’ euro on a machine. Without going into all of the gory details, the machines were sporca, sporca, sporca, and, well, that was something we just couldn’t forgive!
Anyway – it all worked out in the end when we chose a bellissima Saeco that offered us a choice of five grind settings, eight coffee-strength positions ranging from Italian espresso to American dirty water, ahem, I mean coffee, a high-powered cappuccino steamer, and a cute littler warming table.
So, as we would say in Calabrese, “Voi nu café?”