Italy Gets Its First Starbucks—Serving Pizza, Ice Cream, and Cocktails

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Italy is a coffee country, and a discerning one at that. While Starbucks might carry Italian-style roasts, that doesn’t mean the U.S. chain is necessarily suited to an Italian audience. For the brand's first store in Italy, Starbucks is debuting something a little different. The company’s new location in Milan will ditch the Frappuccinos for new menu items like cocktails, wood-fired pizza, and ice cream, according to Forbes.

An expansive coffee bar made of marble
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The Starbucks Reserve Roastery is located in the Palazzo delle Poste, a historic former post office. It has a bar that boasts a 100-cocktail menu inspired by aperitivo, the Italian concept of a happy hour with bitter drinks and light snacks. It offers food by renowned local baker Rocco Princi, baked on-site in a wood-fired oven, including the Italian breakfast favorite eggs in purgatory, pastries, and pizzas. Customers can also take their coffee in the form of an affogato—a scoop of ice cream topped with hot espresso.

The palatial space includes a 22-foot-tall rotating roasting cask, bars topped with Tuscan marble, a handcrafted mosaic marble floor, and an outdoor terrace.

A barista makes coffee for a customer.
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It’s Starbucks’s third Reserve Roastery, the company’s more upscale, experiential locations where customers can watch their beans being roasted, learn about the coffee-making process, and enjoy food and drinks that aren’t available in other locations. There are also Reserve Roasteries in Seattle and Shanghai, the latter of which is currently the largest Starbucks in the world.

The lavish experience doesn’t come cheap, at least compared to other cafes in the area. Reuters reports that a consumer group in Italy has already filed a complaint over the fact that Starbucks charges far more than its neighbors—a Starbucks cappuccino in Milan goes for €4.50 ($5.21) compared to the €1.30 ($1.50) average.

[h/t Forbes]

Ground Beef Targeted by Massive Recall Might Still Be in Your Freezer

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More than 132,000 pounds of ground beef produced by Cargill Meat Solutions were recalled on September 19 due to a risk of E. coli O26, according to a news release from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. The affected beef was produced and packaged on June 21, so you may want to check your freezer for any burger patties or homemade bolognese sauce you stored away over the summer.

“FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers,” the agency said in a statement. “Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.”

Cargill Meat Solutions is based in Colorado, but these products have been shipped across the country. One death and 17 illnesses have been linked to the outbreak so far, with the dates of illness ranging from July 5 to July 25. According to the FSIS, people usually become ill within three to four days of exposure to E. coli O26. Symptoms include diarrhea (often bloody) and vomiting.

The recalled products have the establishment number “EST. 86R” inside the USDA inspection mark on the package. To see the 12 varieties of ground beef that were affected, click the following link [PDF].

How Maggots Could Lead to More Sustainable Agriculture

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A decade ago, two brothers started recycling food waste into feed for animals by letting the food chain run its natural course. In other words—they got into the maggot business. Now their South Africa-based company, AgriProtein, is planning to expand its fly farms into an international network, CNN Money reports.

Jason and David Drew founded their company in 2008 with the goal of cultivating fly larvae (a.k.a. maggots) as an eco-friendly protein source. Today, many farmed animals, such as fish and chicken, are fed fish meal: a type of feed made from dried and ground-up fish. Fish are a cheap protein source, but the high demand for animal feed has led to them being harvested at an unsustainable rate.

AgriProtein's solution to the feed industry's sustainability problem involves tapping into a resource that can be found wherever there's food waste. To create its products, the company's two fly factories in Cape Town and Durban each take in 276 tons of food waste every day. The flies lay 340 million eggs on the waste daily, and those eggs hatch into the maggots used to make the feed.

Theoretically, the process could have wide-reaching effects at every stage of the agriculture industry: Human-generated food waste that would otherwise rot in a landfill is used to nourish the protein, which is then used to feed livestock, which ends up as food for humans.

The Drew brothers' "nutrient recycling" concept attracted research funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and today AgriProtein is valued at more than $200 million. The fly farms are limited to South Africa for now, but the company plans to open 100 factories in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the United States. If their efforts are successful, the brothers could inspire other insect farmers to embrace the maggot revolution.

[h/t CNN Money]

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