My Barista, My Brew

November 5, 2010

Barista Carmelo, Ragusa Ibla, copyright Jann Huizenga

I savor the morning. A church blushes. A fountain plashes. A lonely piazza exhales the aroma of fresh-baked brioche.

Carmelo makes the world’s best coffee, a magic brew, strong enough—for 30 minutes at least—to make the world pink with possibility.

If you’re planning a trip to Southeast Sicily, why not start your day in Ragusa Ibla with Carmelo (at the Donnafugata Bar on Piazza Pola)?

What to do after the bar? See my suggestions for “A Golden Day in Ragusa Ibla” on Susan Van Allen’s site. She also shares some good tourist tips for Siracusa and Catania.

Happy touring! If you’ve been to these towns, please tell us what’s top on your list. Thanks for reading!


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Susan Van Allen is the author of the wonderful 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go.

5 comments to My Barista, My Brew

  • Dennis Berry

    I have been real busy with my cottage in Walla Walla. I did however have time to try the baked sausage. Very friendly meal.

  • Josephine

    I remember that in Napoli the baristi had diplomas in the art of making coffee hanging on the wall behind the bar. I just love the syrupy coffee in Italy even though it is only one sip. An hour later you can still savor the wonderful taste in your mouth.

    • Jann

      I think Illy has a barista “university” in Trieste, don’t they? Italy’s baristi are certainly the best…

  • Sam

    In the US, the people pulling coffees often seem to be college students, sleepwalking through their work in the cafe (usually Starbucks). But in Italy, baristas seem more focused and even take some pride in their work.

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