If you find yourself in Milan

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Along with the huge Expo Milan, this year a new big idea was born. Mercato Metropolitano is an outdoor farmers market near the station of Porta Genova, in Via Valenza 2, in Navigli. It will remain there until October coming, and it is a great opportunity for everyone visiting the city to spend their leisure around the market’s stalls.

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It is 15,000 square meters big and the visitor can find local products of small production, of craftsmanship and farming, most of them artisanal and/or organic. Street food delicacies, fruits and vegetables, bread, patisserie, even flowers, beers and wine, and a coffee cluster! An open air cinema, a playground fro kids and also live cooking lessons are some of the activities one can join daily.

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I spent there some time, not only as a visitor but also as a participant /entrepreneur. Taf coffee meets La Marzocco and cafe Taglio, located in Milan, a great collaboration of the three to take over the espresso bar of the mercato. Taf coffee created and roasted a special house blend for the Mercato Metropolitano. The coffee friends passing by, can also taste Rosebud blend, single estate coffees from Taf’s direct relationship program.

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In the in-house micro-roastery, I was the first to roast some amazing Geisha beans from Panama, so they can be served in the brew bar for one week. Following La Marzocco’s initiative, every week a special roaster from around the world will join the mercato and roast its green coffee in order to serve it in the brew or espresso bar. I find it a great idea, good coffee made from professionals need to be shared in the people that loves it more!. See you in Milan!

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Some things (never) change.

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Some things change and some things don’t. 

In the picture on the left, here I am in Italy, 22 years ago, in the centre of Milan, via Vittorio Emanuele II, at the central café Bar Ba del Corso. It was my very first pursuit for espresso. I can still remember its bitter taste, I surely was influenced by the fact that I was having my coffee in the centre of Milan, moreover because that period (and many years later) espresso was supposed to be an italian matter.
In the picture on the right, here I am again, 22 years later to the very same table. The only thing that has changed is my age. The café still holds the same name, same decoration, serves the same coffee in the exact cup, color and shape. It is so boring and bitter that the only thing that kept me there was the memory of the moment.  
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The real reason for being in Milan this time was not the coffee pursuit, but the promotion of my coffee, Taf handcrafted coffee. So, instead for a boring, bitter shot in Milan you can have speciality & single estate coffee in Taglio, Via Vigevano 10, at the famous Navigli area.
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Raffaelle will welcome you and show you around in this temple of flavors. Guila, the barista will prepare espresso in this amazing sophisticated La Marzocco machine, one shot won’t be enough.
Well, some things change. 

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