New barista in town: Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Milan
It was thus that the 2,300-square-metre roastery opened its doors in Palazzo delle Poste in the direct vicinity of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and La Scala. A Scolari roasting cask 6.5 metres tall stands squarely at the centre of action. The interior design recalls the Starbucks roasteries in Seattle und Shanghai, offering pale green hues combined with bronze piping and fluted wooden elements. In reference to Italian architectural history, both the bar countertops and floors are mosaicked in Carrara marble from Tuscany, a stone already in use at the time of the Roman Republic.
The company is thus now active in a total of 78 countries. Liz Muller, Chief Design Officer of Starbucks, hopes the Milan roastery will introduce a new coffee practice to Italy. It thus remains to be seen whether the world's largest coffee company with its 47 years of experience will be able to assert its place in Lombardy.