We’ve ditched the Italian-style coffee, but we’re about to usher in the Italian espresso bar – stocked with fresh Aussie roasts. Thanks to the customised blend, there’ll be fewer of those branded umbrellas, seats and windbreakers around, and courtesy of that exhibitionistic streak, we all want a piece of the action.
Italians don’t fumble through the cold wobbling hot coffee to their chapped lips. They drink inside, standing up. And with that many sassy Australian baristas around, we’re surprised this hasn’t already exploded. As coffee drinkers increasingly appreciate the likes of customised blends and single origins, they’ll want to sip them in peace – or at least while chatting at an espresso bar – rather than dosing up on caffeine like a dietary supplement on the city streets.
Will there be more ‘pit-stop’ cafes, where lazy about or grabbing a takeaway or frowned upon? We think so.