So the day after I came back from my trip I went to the Italian grocery store by my office, Frankie's, and purchased Segafredo Deca Crem. The next day in Naperville, at Caputo's, I purchased a Bialetti Mokka Express 9-cup espresso stove-top pot.
I've had a tiny stove top model since '01 or so, which was not branded and which made way too little coffee.
|everything tastes better in Fiestaware|
but we already had a good start here!
And...the organic demerara sugar makes it delicious in a way that white sugar simply cannot. I noticed that in Italy they give you the option of white or demerara sugar when you're at an autogrill or standing at the bar. My parents have been using demerara since '99! ^_^
I love the entire experience from setup to clean up, with this new little ritual I developed. And it's breezy enough to do on mornings before heading out of the house. Plus, really, when you consider how delicious the resulting coffee is...there's no hassle at all really. Trust me!
Everyone needs a little ritual in their life, especially if it makes them happy! ;o)