In Italy, they are masters of roasting espresso beans. They're perfection. They make sure it's over the top for quality.
—Massimo Buono, owner, Cafferia 360°
Massimo Buono was a little homesick.
After nearly seven years in Winnipeg, the Picerno, Italy native craved a taste of home. He longed for a rich, creamy and kick-ass espresso made the Italian way using beans roasted in his homeland.
So on December 1, Buono brought Italy to Winnipeg.
Cafferia 360° is his new Italian coffee house and Canada's first Italian Espresso National Institute-certified cafferia, says Buono. All the espresso beans used in the Corydon Avenue coffee house are roasted in Italy using techniques that go back generations.
Craving espresso from his homeland, Massimo Buono opened Cafferia 360˚, an Italian-style coffee house. (Robin Summerfield)
"It tastes just like back home," he says. In this case, home tastes smooth, strong and without a hint of bitterness or a tinge of "burn" found in less skillfully roasted espresso beans.
Buono imports La Cafferia beans roasted in Luino, just north of Milano. Italian roasts are typically darker, less acidic and with a hint of sweetness.
"In Italy, they are masters of roasting espresso beans. They're perfection. They make sure it's over the top for quality," says Buono.
Dressed in a crisp white dress shirt and pants, a vest and tie, the 34-year-old certainly looks the part of a serious barista. In addition to coffee house favourites like lattes and espressos and Americanos, Buono's menu includes macchiato, Nutellino (made with Nutella), espresso ristretto (shorter pull, stronger flavour) and many other espresso combinations using hazelnut, mocha, orange and Italian cocoa. He also sells a small selection of pastries and sweets as well as olive oils and packaged pastas.
Cafferia 360°, which is located at 1459 (B) Corydon Ave., joins a growing number of independent coffee shops in Winnipeg. Main Street's Parlour Coffee opened 15 months ago and has become a very popular java joint. In late November, Cafe Postal opened at 202 Provencher Blvd. Meanwhile, Thom Bargen Coffee & Tea will open up shop at 64 Sherbrook St. in Wolseley in the new year.