I guess the honeymoon is over…

After buying the once-very-Italian Torrefazione Italia stores only a few years ago, Starbucks is shutting them down. Maybe Torrefazione (since you’re wondering, it means the place where coffee is roasted) isn’t quite the little bit of Italy it used to be, where gentleman baristas served classic espresso drinks with panache, and it wasn’t at all unusual to find Umberto Bizzarri, himself, behind the counter (at least if you were in the original Seattle storefront on Pioneer Square.)

Still, it feels like the end of an era — one in which the coffee giant offered at least a passing nod toward the Italian roots of their espresso-flavored beverages. Well… there’s still that whole venti thing, right?

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