In case you haven't seen on my Instagram or Facebook, my coffee woes have been solved.
I've stumbled upon what may be the sole establishment in Milan to break free of the rich espresso served in dainty, shot glass teacups tradition. Arnold's Coffee, henceforth known as my savior, boast that they can deliver "the American coffee experience," and I wasn't disappointed.
I stepped into this piece of heaven on earth around 2:30pm; still a busy lunch time by Italian standards, and the place was packed. Now, a few hours later as I write this, it's still full of people. I guess I'm not the only one who craves my caffeine fix in the American style.
I paid 2.20€ for a small cup of coffee, stirred in some milk, and found myself a seat by the window. I took a full 45 minutes to finish my liquid gold and relished every sip. For those 45 minutes, I was back in Dunn Bros coffee shop on University Avenue in Minneapolis. Then I had to pee, and the general unsanitary conditions of European bathrooms brought me back to reality. Honestly, I'd live in that bathroom if it meant I could have American coffee whenever I wanted.
Fortunately, I won't have to go to those extremes, as Milan has 3 Arnold Coffee locations. If you live near the center like me, make your way to the Duomo and you'll find Arnold's Coffee on Via Orefici. Otherwise, check out Via Festa del Perdono or Via Nirone.
Arnold, I don't know who you are, but I owe you big time.