Hey America, Georgio says “You don’t know ‘spro!”

Well, this guy might know what he's doing. But the rest of you? Not so much, says Giorgio Milos.

So I read this story from Salon a couple of days ago, and I just can’t resist posting a link to it here. Apparently we Americans are huge disappointments as baristas. Who knew? Of course the story is a bit over the top (Ok, maybe a lot), but it was still entertaining to read, if for nothing else the letters to the editor that follow. Basically, the story follows Giorgio Milos, former Italian barista champion and trainer for illy, around New York City, and documents his disappointment from one café to the next.

Give a read (if you want) and let us know what you think.

About the Author


Kenneth R. Olson is co-founder and publisher of Barista Magazine the worldwide trade magazine for the professional coffee community. He has written extensively about specialty coffee, traveled near and far for stories, activities, and fun, and been invited to present on topics important to coffee culture. He is also an avid fan of the Portland Trail Blazers and the Washington Huskies. Go Blazers! Go Dawgs!