When I think of “green” countries, Italy is definitely not at the top of my list. The land of a billion cars and even more smokers doesn’t exactly scream “eco-friendly”. But Italy is green (inadvertently) when it comes to coffee. There’s no damn paper cups!
I am struggling with Italian coffee. It’s freezing in Milano, and the only thing I really want on a winter’s morning is a giant Texas-sized cup (or two) of good ol’ American Joe. And, of course, Italian coffee is the size of a child’s thimble. And you drink it standing up. And it’s so bitter it makes your toes curl, no matter how much sugar you mix in. So what’s a girl to do when she can’t find the right coffee? Follow the Golden Arches!
Yes, I went to McDonald’s. And it wasn’t entirely for a cup of American coffee… I really wanted coffee in a paper cup! Italian coffee is served in ceramic cups, and you drink it in the bar. I wanted a cup of coffee I could carry around with me and throw away like a regular, eco-destructive American!
In the end, McDonald’s coffee in Italy is still Italian coffee (even if they call it americano). I’m still on my quest to find coffee here that I actually like, but I may just have to give up hope and become a tea drinkerfood