All too often, a cup of coffee in this country amounts to a pile of
brown dust dissolved in lukewarm water - and the resulting brew has all
the strength and potency of your mum’s gravy.
Yet in Milan at the start of a working day, you’ll find hundreds of
immaculately dressed Italians propping up chrome cafe counters, reading
La Gazetta dello Sport, smoking Marlboro red and sipping tiny cups of
Now I realise that not many cafes here can compete with the Italian
Of course, if you’re lucky enough to work in Soho, you can amble along
to the Cafe Bar Italia, that shrine to 50s coffee-bar culture that comes
complete with a poster of Rocky Marciano on the wall.
But even if you’ve only got the local Pret a Manger to fall back on, do
yourself a favour - leave home a little earlier and treat yourself to a
decent espresso. Alternatively, purchase your own machine and enjoy one
without leaving the house. You can even go the whole hog and buy some
freshly ground beans from the Algerian Coffee Store in Old Compton
So do the right thing, ditch the instant and gulp down an espresso. Your
productivity rate will thank you for it.
Krups Primo - pounds 89
Available from selected department stores and Argos nationwide