I love coffee in general but, like many other college students, always seem to gain an even greater appreciation for coffee during midterms and finals.
Naturally, I was very excited to try get my Illy fix!
I love walking in and seeing all-Illy-everything. While many coffee bars in Italy served Illy coffee, I can’t remember visiting an Illy caffé like this one.
I wanted to get a nice sample of their offerings and ordered a large cappuccino, a double espresso, and a cinnamon roll.
Both of my drinks were given to me in paper cups, which is very nice if you want to bring your drink on-the-go. While I know this isn’t very noteworthy in comparison to other American coffee shops, it kind of caught me off-guard because I was never able to get my coffee to-go in Perugia! This is reflective of the general Italian attitude towards take-out (they hate it) and the cultural belief that you should just eat/drink whatever you ordered at the place that you ordered it- even for coffee! Throughout the day, most Italians line up at the “bar” near the espresso machine and quickly drink their shot of espresso in a few sips before leaving. However, as you can see in one the pictures, this cafe does have traditional ceramic coffee cups (smaller ones for espresso and larger ones for cappuccinos, americanos, etc.) that I’m sure they will make your drink in, if you ask! It’s the best of both worlds!
Italians definitely share the same passion for coffee that I do. It didn’t matter where you were, it seemed like you were never more than a few minutes from some of the best espresso in the world – even gas station stores (every single one that I stopped at during my time traveling around Italy!) had a full espresso machine. Could you imagine being able to say the same while traveling around America?
However, most Italians do not have an espresso machine in their apartment or home. But, does that mean they must sacrifice drinking high-quality, delicious espresso at home? No way! Italians have found their answer in the moka pot.
I would venture to say that every Italian house or apartment has at least one moka pot, if not more than that! Moka pots can quickly brew the most delicious and fresh coffee right on your stovetop. I think I used ours every single day!
However, moka pots require a certain type of espresso. I was filled with a burst of nostalgia when I saw Illy’s moka blend.
Check out this video to learn more about how to make coffee using a moka pot: Moka Pot Coffee Making Guide!