photo Kevin Law

The opening of yet another espresso bar doesn’t seem newsworthy, but Caffè Pascucci in San Francisco is brewing something exceptional. The first U.S. location of an international Italian franchise (locations include Bangkok and Bangalore) is an original blend of Italian coffee culture and modern design infused with the global craving for sweet espresso creations.

Drinks such as the Paspuccio and Fraspuccio may sound suspiciously gimmicky, but each item is backed up by an admirable concept – great coffee comes from a blend of quality ingredients and sustainable production methods.

Add to this mix modern technology and a contemporary European aesthetic and the result is a new approach to traditional quality. The coffee shop uses high-calorie doses of cream, but layers it on organic and sustainable espresso. The company roasts its coffee beans in a picturesque Italian town, but tests them in a high-tech laboratory. The food list reads like many of San Francisco’s sustainable and locally sourced menus, but the new location’s sleek red and white interior is similar to a European nightclub.

The new location’s sleek red and white interior is similar to a European nightclub. Led by Italian Barista Championship finalist Eddie Righi, yelp reviewers claim the service is excellent, but describe the espresso as less than authentic. Either way, Pascucci’s blend is uniquely its own.

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