Caffeine conniesurs were able to get their coffee fix at the Coffee Snobs Unite Yelp Elite Event at Caffe Pascucci two Saturdays ago. Caffe Pascucci is a coffee chain has roots dating back to 1883, and it's since expanded to over 100 locations in 20 countries. This lovely mellow afternoon event - with delectable sandwiches and rich frothy coffee drinks - was particularly exciting because Caffe Pascucci's new San Francisco location is the first ever store here in the United States!
The sun beaming in fine form, yelpers like Melisa C entered Caffe Pascucci's big glass doors and were greeted with "turkey pesto sandwiches, ham and cheese paninis, tomato soup, and even nutella, banana, and chocolate paninis." In addition to Cafe Pascucci's phenomenal coffee drink menu, Cafe Pascucci also carries an impressive assortment of savory bites, and desserts - inspired and overseen by local culinary figures figures Chad Newton and Frank Klein (Fish & Farm, Postrio, and Redd).
To prepare local baristas for their roles, Pascucci will import its Italian coffee experts from overseas to school staff on Italian coffee culture. Lead barista Eddy Righi, who recently medaled at the Italian Barista Championship (basically the Oscars of the coffee world) was on hand with a big encouraging smile and a masterful touch, to show yelpers like Katy A - how to make the perfect cup of espresso. Yelpers like Diana B took turns drawing intricate caramel designs into soft white froth on swoon worthy espressos, in between sampling decadent confusos and yogurt cremes.
All yelpers not only walked away with a pleasant afternoon coffee buzz, but also were able to leave with an "awesome giveaway bag complete with a 1 cup coffee maker, an espresso cup with saucer, and ~half pound bag of ground coffee." But it was the massive smiles on both Nina L's face and visiting yelper Linda B that truly brightened the dazzling San Francisco day. Nina L was the proud winner of the epic raffle prize - of two Caffe Pascucci drinks a day for a whole year!, and Linda B who came all the way from the South Bay - in her ongoing quest for the "perfect cappuccino" finally found it at the skilled hands of Eddy Righi.