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Caffé dell’Appartamento: The Bialetti

Living in a New York City apartment has taught me two things: I own way more things that I actually need (not having any closets makes that painfully obvious) and that of the things I do own, most of them are coffee-related equipment and gadgets. This post will be the first part in a new series here on Briana Augustina: Caffé dell'Appartamento. This is the Bialetti edition. The Bialetti Moka Express is an Italian household staple. It's a stovetop espresso appliance. To learn the nuances of brewing with a Bialetti Moka ...

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Prince Coffee House Bronx, New York

Take a stroll down Arthur Ave. in the Bronx and you'll come across a few things. Italian restaurants, some grocery markets, a few bars; all seething with an Italian and Albanian influence. But keep walking! On the corner of Arthur Ave. and Crescent (right before 183rd), glass windows enclose Prince Coffee House. Upon walking in, you are greeted by copper Turkish coffee pots hanging from the ceiling. It is a specialty of the shop and a personal favorite. Turkish coffee is finely ground beans brewed directly in those copper pots on ...

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Czech CultureBrooklyn Kolache Co.

Still stuck on a culture high from the Czech Republic and from making traditional Czech kolaches at home with my mom, I sought out what seemed to be the only kolache bakery in New York City. Kolaches are a traditional Czech pastries that can be filled with sweet or savory fillings. The pastry has also infiltrated Texas and has become a classic dish in the Czech belt of Texas. I grew up with my grandma's home-made poppyseed kolaches, which often lined a platter on Thanksgiving or Christmas. This summer, I ...

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A Wool Coat in the Winter ft. Sightglass Coffee

Returning home for Thanksgiving after three months away, I felt the obligation to explore parts of San Francisco I may have forgotten about as well as return to some old favorites. This post chronicles exactly that. Our first stop was the latter, an old favorite. Sightglass Coffee, located on 7th St in SoMa, serves our favorite Neighborhood Bakehouse pastries and an amazing cup of coffee (or espresso con panna which is what I opted for). My mom and dad both ordered cappuccinos, which were also delicious. Please also note the hats ...

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The New York Coffee Festival 2016

I walked into the 69th Regiment Armory/heaven to a La Marzocco sign in lights. My nose was immediately entranced by the aroma of coffee everywhere. Because that’s what it was. Coffee (and some tea) EVERYWHERE. Yesterday, I had the splendid opportunity of attending The New York Coffee Festival. I could not have been more content being in the company of two of my favorite friends (Maddy and Olivia—featured above) and the most espresso machines I’ve ever seen in one place. Initial Reactions: Oh my god it smells like people are smoking ...

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Café Kafíčko  Prague, Czech Republic

Located a minute-walk from our hotel in Prague, Café Kafíčko resides in a corner space that works perfectly. From the outside, you are granted a slight view of the coffee shop through white barred windows with decorative planters. When you walk in, you are most likely greeted by an elder man, the owner of the shop. He speaks predominantly Czech, but we were able to communicate perfectly after he understood that I did not speak and handed me an English translation of a menu to replace the Czech one I received ...

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