“The Perfect Cappuccino”

(a film review)

Indeed, it’s more than just a cup of coffee!

Though it’s a beverage, a commodity, and a consumer-good, there’s something about coffee that is fundamentally personal. It’s something you share, you meet for, and that has been bringing people together for hundreds of years.

Amy Ferraris captures so much of this in her documentary “The Perfect Cappuccino.” The title would presume a documentary about the pursuit of a certain cup of a certain coffee drink, but as is inevitable whenever someone takes a closer look at it, coffee is so much more. From so much shared about her own personal experiences, to a critical look at Starbucks and its influence on coffee around the world, from the Third-Wave coffee movement, to Brian Franklin and his Tulsa, Oklahoma shop, Doubleshot Coffee Company, Amy takes the time to tell the story she wants to tell, with some of the most interesting stuff coming from her interviews with baristas and coffee professionals in Italy.

I met Amy back in 2006 when she was working on this film, and I’m ashamed that it’s taken me this long to get around to watching it. It’s through the miracle of technology, specifically the iTunes Store, that brought “The Perfect Cappuccino” into my home in a few simple clicks. Both Trish and I were really happy to have seen it, and we strongly recommend that you watch it as well. For anyone who works in, or is really interested in coffee, it’s absolutely required viewing.

2 Responses to “The Perfect Cappuccino”

  1. Gourmet coffee is expensive; it’s not always easy to find quality coffee at affordable prices

    • Open says:

      12 of 12 people found the fnllowiog review helpful A great first machine for us., January 23, 2009Bya0 (Fairbanks, AK) We purchased this machine just after Christmas, and have fallen in love with it since then. We were looking at another, better-looking espresso machine, but were advised to get the Gaggia by some friends. This is our first REAL espresso machine, I had a Mr. Coffee machine years ago that worked all right, but the Gaggia Pure is head and shoulders above that one. It makes great espresso, although we are still working on getting great crema out of it sometimes we do, sometimes we don’t (this could easily be our fault). The frothing nozzle is also great, and although it’s not as fancy looking as the all-stainless model we nearly bought, it is still a nice looking machine.Negatives: no warming tray, and the first shots take awhile as the machine has to warm up first. This might be true with most machines, and it’s not a big deal for us. We start it up, prep the milk and cups for a few minutes, come back and its ready to go. Subsequent shots go much quicker.We would definitely buy this machine again.Help other customers find the most helpful reviewsa0Was this review helpful to you?a0 | a0

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