Everybody knows Italians invented the coffee culture that is beloved around the world today. I will never forget seeing a Starbucks in Dubai. I almost fell to the ground in gratitude for something I recognized in that (to me) very foreign place!
But despite how many places I have seen coffee on offer in Italia, nothing surprised me and yet didn’t surprise me at the same time as much as seeing fresh coffee beans ready to be ground and brewed on an Italo train from Milan to Verona last week. I mean, per che no? It only makes sense!
And this was a self service coffee maker at the end of a train car. There is also a cafe car that serves freshly made espresso…but this machine is available closer to your seat and avoids the messy interaction with live people! And sometimes train workers will pass by and offer you coffee or other things from their carts. But, Italians, at least on this train, have yet another coffee option. They might want to grind and brew their own joe on their own.
You have got to love this culture!
Eat your heart out, Starbucks!