One of the earliest European cafes, Caffe Florian, opened in Venice in 1774. Hundreds of years later, in 2006, a sister cafe opened in Florence; less grandiose in nature, the space is more modern, on beautiful Via del Parione.
But the most beautiful part of the cafe pays homage to Italy’s coffee roots, featuring a traditional drip coffee: an old copper apparatus similar to a pour over.
The gorgeous copper filter sits atop the Caffe Florian embellished cup; it is served with a pitcher of boiled water, and finely ground coffee already measured out into the filter. One simply pours the water over the grounds to taste (remember, it’s only meant to produce a tiny cup). The drip is slow, but it creates a small, strong espresso.