My name is Tharistan Pétion, i'm Haitian and agronomist specializing in tropical rural development at the University of Florence. Since 2012, I am responsible for the fair trade project existing between Caffè Pascucci Torrefazione SpA and the farmers of the Cocano cooperative in Haiti, a country that, five years after the terrible earthquake, is still facing a humanitarian crisis of exponential size. The presence of Pascucci next to Cocano farmers is a sign of hope, it helps them in some way to walk courageously on the road to progress. According to this philosophy, the company recently sent me to Haiti to identify problems and figure out how to support our brothers farmers with programs and projects.
I noted that the decrease of available agricultural land, soil erosion, inadequate investment in irrigation systems mean that agriculture, primary production sector, is subject to a steady decline. In recent years, traditional crops, such as coffee, have been replaced by subsistence food crops, such as potatoes, corn, bananas and legumes. This situation has affected a lot of the production, not excluding the devastating effect of the Roya disease on the few coffee plants remained.
In Haiti it says "behind a hill there is always another hill". Indeed, it is switching from one problem to another. The lack of infrastructure forces the farmers, particularly those of Saint-Louis du Nord, to walk for 5-6 hours under a blazing sun to reach the plantations. In case of rain, the traffic is completely blocked by several rivers that separate the village from the countryside. It takes about two weeks to return to normality. It becomes clear that this fact has caused massive displacement of farmers to the cities.
Let us remember that "the leopard can not change its spots". In fact, facing with this major problem of road link, the farmers choose to not remain with folded arms, so they start breaking rocks by hand to extract stones that then will be used for concrete in the construction of a bridge over a river , to facilitate their return to the roots: the countryside. Ignoring fatigue is unequivocally the first step of the work, the farmers carry on their head for kilometers heavy materials for the job, showing that only the pursuit of the impossible can lead to what is achievable. Men and women are busy to widen the paths allowing motorcycles to reach the most remote places.
*To learn more about the situation in Haiti, see the attached pdf
Davide Berti is a very well known name in the world of coffee: we are talking indeed of the "Coffee in Good Spirit" italian champion and "Turkish Coffee Ibrik" world champion.
The alcoholic coffee drinks whom triumphed in the international competitions and the preparations that led Davide to victory at the World Championships in Athens will be explained, presented and served by the champion himself!
Write down the following appointments without delay!
- Coffee in Good Spirit: Tuesday 12 and Tuesday 19 from 17 pm
- Turkish Coffee Ibrik: Wednesday 13 and Saturday 23 from 14 pm
All these events are free and will be held on the first floor of Caffè Pascucci Milano, Corso Europa 22.
Three events not to be missed for lovers of quality coffee await you in the month of May!
Cinzia Linardi, Cup Tasting Italian Champion and Cup Of Excellence international judge, will be at Caffè Pascucci Milano in Corso Europa 22 to show how to recognize the arabica coffee from the coffee robust and conventional coffee from coffee specialty.
Note down these appointments: Monday 11, Monday 18 and Wednesday 27, from 14 pm to 17 pm.
All these events are free, limited to a maximum of 20 people.
To book just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Cup of Excellence is the most prestigious award given to a fine quality coffee.
The level of scrutiny that Cup of Excellence coffees undergo is unmatched anywhere in the coffee industry.
During this selection process, thousands of cups are evaluated, tasted and scored based on their exemplary characteristics.
Our Burundi COE is one of the best examples of the aforementioned quality!
We will taste these micro-lots from Colombia selected by the Alliance for Coffee Excellence.
34 samples of Cup Of Excellence will be available for a cup tasting open to the public on the following dates and locations:
- Monte Cerignone, Via Circonvallazione 16 - 21 April at 15.00
To subscribe send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
See you there!
Child labor or not? We are thinking about it in a serious way for some time: combat child labor in absolute or try to understand the context, where and how is it done?
Address this issue properly for us is extremely important.
Not always the children are exploited and forced to work like slaves, indeed we happened to see often families with children at harvest working all together while having fun. This happens especially where the farmer is also the owner of the plantation. The moment is a joy and it become an educational for children, who learn the nobility of being together and working.
Sadly there are also situations where children are truly exploited and forced to work in inhuman manner: this must be fought with all our strength.
No doubt that before anything else kids must have fun and learn with the study, but different contexts could be interpreted in the same way even though the situations are completely opposite.
If you have information or experiences on this subject please interact with us. We will always carry on this research...
We wish to thank all those who attended to the opening of Caffè Pascucci Milano and remind you that our shop is now open every day.
Our bartenders are ready to delight both your palate and your eyes (as you can see in the pic) with the best coffee specialties.
Make sure to see all that this place can offer, because Caffè Pascucci Milano is built on 3 levels!
The upper level and lower level are very well manicured, you will find there a living room in which you can enjoy food cooked on the spot! Some examples?
Continental breakfast, local products such as piadina, BIO eggs prepared in many variations, wide selection of sandwiches, etc ... all in the sign of quality that has always been the trademark of Caffè Pascucci.
Pascucci Shop Milano is our coffee shop N° 468: born from the desire to evolve and build an alternative store dedicated to coffee, a space designed and created with fun and metropolitan spirit representing creativity and experimentation.
Pascucci Shop Milano is an international content place with italian heart and essence. This shop is rough yet delicate, easy to live every day although it's based on extreme quality. Our goal is to broaden our view on the world of coffee and share it in the most dynamic italian metropolis.
Contamination is the heart of this project.
Popular extraction systems as the Anglo-Saxon filtered, cold brew, asians v60, cezve widespread in southern Europe and in the Middle East in addition to American light coffee will join to the artistic processes executed at the espresso machine, the Neapolitan, the mocha and Italian Cuccumas.
Pascucci Shop Milano keeps an eye on the world and our country at the same time.
Pascucci coffee is a container that offers the chance to relax and experience various methods for drinking coffee. We give particular attention to longer drinks, that are the perfect complement for a relaxing coffee break, but also to other beverages that instill less typical coffee's flavours, like acidity or sweetness, rather than syrupy and often bitterness.
The restaurant's philosophy focuses on biological products. The most important ingredients such as drinks, milk, eggs, teas, chocolate and coffee are mainly coming from certified organic agriculture. The Pascucci Bio blend is made of differents origins coffee, such as India, Papua New Guinea, Mexico, Honduras and Ethiopia, to offer a shattering cup that breaks the conventional coffee market with its primitive and original organoleptic.
Comparison is critical for cultural growth. Testing a lot of different types and different origins of coffee is the only way to understand them. Pascucci Shop Milano offers specialty coffees in blend, in single origin and the Cup Of Excellence (COE), the coffee selected by the Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE) in a unique way with declared chain.
The container, that is the place on which the artist-barista moves, is a box that is rough and, where possible, left unchanged. A choice maybe a bit risky but which allows us to focus the lights on two main protagonists: the bartender and the Italian design.
All the baristas come from Pascucci training school named "Espresso School" and, in addition to having manual skills related to coffee, they have knowledge of the raw material and of what they are working and serving to the final consumer. The spaces are made in a way in which the barista is always in the spotlight, the sole operator that defines the final result. The bartender even tries to be cultural informant, to create interest in the final consumer to make him take a self-conscious choice. The presence of a small laboratory roasting and tasting on the mezzanine overlooking the coffee shop is fundamental to these purposes. Pascucci trainer will roast coffee samples in this environment to taste them together with the more interested customers to broaden their vision.
Design is the co-star, with furniture related to significant Italian brands, light and shadows created by artist-craftsmen of the Romagna area. All this is made to bring out colors and feelings that only the design and Italian art can offer.
The history of Caffè Pascucci is born over one hundred years ago and began in 1883 when Antonio Pascucci, son of weavers, decided to engage in commerce, focusing mainly on his passion, which is raw coffee.
From father to son this passion is handed down, until in 1975 Alberto Pascucci decided to devote his company exclusively to espresso and start the project "only quality coffee."
In 1996 the Espresso School opens its doors: a training center dedicated to espresso and coffee recipes.
In the nineties we also decide to restart and replicate the experience of traditional coffee shop to promote the development of Pascucci branded shop.
In 2000 this idea became reality with the opening of the pilot center PASCUCCI COFFEE SHOP, a replicable flagship store.
Just received our Brazilian Late Harvest COE samples.
Although it was a difficult year for Brazilian agriculture the scores reported by the tasters are the highest of all time, numbers never seen before. We will taste Brazilian coffee with score above 95, a very important moment for the culture of coffee lovers.
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