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Italy's Very First Starbucks Is 'the Most Beautiful Starbucks in the World'

by Matador Creators Jan 30, 2023

For many coffee lovers, a visit to Italy is a pilgrimage. From morning cappuccinos to afternoon espresso, it’s no wonder why so many people flock to Europe’s perpetually caffeinated boot. Often, getting a coffee in Italy means downing a caffè standing up at a local espresso bar rather than ordering a latte to go from the closest Starbucks — although that’s been an option as of 2018 when Italy’s very first Starbucks opened in Milan. It’s called the Starbucks Reserve Roastery Milan, and it’s unlike any other Starbucks you’ve seen.

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What makes the Starbucks Reserve Roastery Milan so special

The first Starbucks in Italy opened in Milan’s Piazza Cordusio in 2018. Designed by Milanese architect Roberto Baciocchi, the luxurious roastery is located in a historic and palatial former post office, with bronze machinery, a beautiful mosaic floor, and a hand-crafted wood bar topped with marble sourced from Tuscany. It’s a coffee shop fit for Italy’s fashion capital.

The menu at Starbucks Reserve Roastery Milan also outdoes the typical Starbucks menu. While all of the familiar drinks — like cappuccinos and lattes — are available at this location, there are also some special Italian-inspired drinks, including an affogato station where customers can get their espresso poured over vanilla ice cream. All coffee is made from high-grade Arabica beans sourced from dozens of countries around the world. But the menu doesn’t stop there. Starbucks Reserve Roastery Milan also serves cocktails at its upstairs mezzanine, as well as freshly baked goods made by a local baker.

Starbucks Reserve Roastery Milan is the first Starbucks in Italy but not the last. One year after its launch, the brand announced that it would open subsequent Italian locations in Assago and Turin. Today, there are 20 stores spread across Northern and Central Italy.

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