Instant coffee has come a long way since its invention under patent number 3518 in New Zealand in 1890. The standard bearer of this type has always been Nestle’s Nescafé, but then came Starbucks in the ‘90s and the still brewing coffee revolution and poof, instant coffee became a relic of a dusty past. But now, we harried and ever-stressed masses love things “insta” again.”
Mr. Espresso, the family-owned-and-operated roastery that supplies coffee, beans and espresso machines to some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s best and most star-studded restaurants, just celebrated its 35th anniversary with a party at its Oakland headquarters.
Having grown up in Salerno, Italy, during and immediately after World War II, Carlo DiRuocco immigrated with his French wife Marie Françoise and two eldest children to Alameda, across the bay from San Francisco. Having worked during his youth at an Italian coffee roastery and having loved espresso all his life, Di Ruocco was startled at the scarcity of well-made espresso near his new home. How could the eminently diverse Bay Area, already food-savvy in the late 1970s, have so few places in which to enjoy a cup of this classic high-octane treat?
Many decaf drinkers miss the taste of “real” coffee. Luckily, these decaf Italian Roast K-Cups from Barista Prima Coffeehouse have a satisfying, full-bodied flavor gratifying enough to fool even the most nostalgic decaf drinker into feeling they’re sipping the real McCoy. Made from high-quality Arabica beans, this dark roast has a pleasant aroma and a smoky flavor that’s bold without being bitter. Continue reading “Barista Prima Decaf Coffee, Italian Roast K-Cup Review” »