Additional Articles/Posts by EMorano

  • Italian Microbreweries Add Coffee to Their Beer
    While Italian coffee and Italian wine will always be classics, beer is slowly taking over the country, capturing the imaginations of Italians. During the past few years, Italian microbrews have exploded in popularity and as the public becomes increasingly...

  • Lavazza Reveals the Secrets to the Perfect Italian Espresso
    Do you dream about the perfect shot, served in a demitasse cup with perfect crema? Lavazza, one of Italy’s most popular espresso brands, has revealed their secrets to the perfect cup in a taste workshop at the 2012 Salone del Gusto in Turin, Italy....

  • Lessons From Slow Foods' Salone del Gusto
    After a hectic weekend of record-breaking attendance, Slow Food’s annual Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre event left attendees with take-home lessons to incorporate into their daily lives and share with the ones they love. Here are five lessons that...

  • Street Food at Salone del Gusto in Turin, Italy
    Street food has certainly become a buzzword in the food world as of late. Whether it means a hot dog eaten in Central Park or a taco from a hip food truck in Los Angeles, the culture of eating casual food on the street is taking over. This fall's...

  • Slow Foods Introduces a New Food Label at Salone del Gusto
    You probably think nutrition facts and nutrition labels on are your favorite foods are there to help you make the best choices about food. After all, where better to look in order to figure out what a serving size of cream cheese is or if the peanut...

  • Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre Open in Turin, Italy, This Weekend
    Earth, seeds, water, hunger, education — these are just some of the words and themes that will be defining Slow Food’s Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre  this weekend in Turin, Italy. While the events have run separately for the past...

  • Nonalcoholic Red Wine May Decrease Blood Pressure
    Does Dad always have a glass of wine with dinner? Good news, it may protect his heart — that is, if it’s nonalcoholic red wine he’s drinking. A recent study conducted by Spanish doctors tested 67 men at risk for heart disease,...

  • Poor Weather Reduces Champagne Production
    Love your champagne? You might be paying a higher price for that bottle of bubbly this year. A cold and wet spring plagued the region during spring causing millerandage, a disease that causes grapes to ripen at different rates, reports the New York Daily...

  • Starbucks Introduces Pumpkin Spice Latte in Europe
    Traveling to Europe this fall and worrying you'll miss out on the Starbucks pumpkin spice latte? Never fear, Starbucks is introducing its insanely popular ode to fall in Austria, France, Ireland, Switzerland, and the UK.  The drink made its...

  • Bud Light Unveils New NFL Sponsorship Campaign
    Although drinking a beer and watching the football game may seem like a passive activity to some, Anheuser-Busch is changing its game for Bud Light’s second year as official beer and sponsor of the NFL. Anheuser-Busch has decided that this year...

  • Ardberg Distellery Releases 'Space' Whiskey
    Move over, Tang, there’s a new space drink in town. While the original "astronaut beverage" was marketed to kids, the new one is for adults only: whiskey. NanoRacks, a Texas-based space research organization, recently decided to send...

  • Carlton Draught's New Beer Chase Ad Will Make You Laugh
    Do you dream of Hollywood car chases, beer glasses filled to the brim that never spill, and 1980’s anthems? Well then, your beer commercial has arrived. The Australian brewer, Carlton Draught, has released the latest in a string of acclaimed beer...

  • Diet Pepsi’s New Sweetener Cocktail
    If you’ve ever been sipping on your diet Pepsi and felt as if the sweet taste was fading too fast, then you’re in luck. Diet Pepsi will be getting a new mix of artificial sweeteners in order to prolong the drink’s sweetness. Those who...

  • The Best and Worst Juice Boxes for Your Kid’s Lunchbox
    The juice box has been a lunchbox staple for a long time, providing kids with the hydration and nutrition necessary to get through the school day — or so parents thought. Recent studies on the dangers of drinking too many high-sugar, high-calorie...

  • PepsiCo Honored at World Water Week
    It’s been a tough summer for the soda companies, with soda bans proposed and disparaging studies released. Things are starting to look up for at least one of the major chains. PepsiCo won an award at World Water Week in Stockholm for the company...

  • Wawa Introduces Espresso Drinks to Stores
    Wawa might not be a name known to those outside the Mid-Atlantic, but with a move to Florida on the horizon, they’re looking to change that. What better way to do that than with coffee? The convenience store currently offers coffee in a variety of...

  • Beer Appreciation Classes Take Over College Campuses
    While most university students are entrenched in the world of beer, they’re usually more skilled at drinking copious amounts of it than describing its brewing process or history. That is, unless they happen to take a class on beer at one of the many...

  • Dolce Hotels and Resorts New Food Initiative Pushes the Meeting Forward
    The meeting is stalling, your eyes are drooping and everyone is surreptitiously checking their phone under the table. Wouldn’t it be great if your upcoming coffee break could provide you with better fuel than instant coffee and a soggy pastry?...

  • DC Pushes for Tap Water at Inauguration (Instead of Bottled)
    Would you like bottled water or tap water? While the question used to be reserved for those dining at nice restaurants, it has become a political one. Government officials, already planning the presidential inauguration, are requesting that tap water...

  • Sweet, Sour Vinegar Cocktails Invade Bars
    Health fiends know that you can make a mean detox-tonic with apple cider vinegar, but vinegar is no longer just for wellness mavens.  Vinegar is popping up in cocktails  everywhere these days, promising a new flavor experience in your remixed...

  • Anheuser-Busch Preps Goose Island for National Release
    It's a good day for the Chicago craft beer scene, depending on how you look at it: Anheuser-Busch is planning a nation-wide release of Goose Island Beer Co., which the company acquired last year. Currently, the beers are only sold in Chicago with...

  • Battle Over Rights to Produce 'The Simpsons' Duff Beer
    If you’ve ever wanted to sip on some of Homer Simpson’s famous Duff beer, then you better try to get some, quick. While many companies across the world have attempted, at one time or another, to trademark Duff Beer, 20th Century Fox has always...

  • Midwest Drought Could Lead to Higher-Quality Wine
    The Midwest isn’t exactly known for their great wine, but vintners hope the drought will change the region’s reputation among US wine producers. While the vineyards aren’t exactly new to the area, they hold the reputation of being a...

  • Olympic Runner Attempts Beer Mile
    The mile is a running staple, testing everyone from Olympic athletes to reluctant high school students to run as fast as they possibly can. Running a mile is hard enough when you’re well rested and well hydrated, but running a mile while drinking a...

  • Olympian Aly Raisman to Endorse Poland Spring
    There were people who said that bottled water couldn't be sold. Now, bottled water isn’t only taking over the world, it also needs a marketing campaign. Poland Spring has chosen Olympic gymnastics gold-medalist (and one of the Fantastic Five)...

  • Starbucks Introduces Coffee Vending Machines for the Office
    There’s no doubt that Starbucks is everywhere. With a café on every street corner and bags of coffee in every grocery store, one might think that there’s no one place Starbucks has yet infiltrate.  Even your office will soon be...

  • Portland Hotel Serves Up 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Cocktail
    For those who read Fifty Shades of Grey (and the subsequent two volumes) and wanted to live the book out, your wish has come true — well, sort of. The Heathman Hotel, featured in the popular novels, has released a hotel package that lets...

  • New Boardwalk Empire Wine Available Only in Atlantic City
    If you’re looking for something special to serve at your Boardwalk Empire premiere party (or even for yourself to sip on as you watch), then a trip to Atlantic City might be in order. No, it’s not for what you’re thinking of — it...

  • Lemonade Stand and Raw Milk Supporters Protest for Drink Freedom
    Milk and lemonade, two completely innocent childhood staples that are always welcome — so you may think. These once-harmless drinks are no longer in the clear. Lemonade stands are being shut down because kids don’t have the proper paper work...

  • 6 Dairy Milk Alternatives
    A cookie and a glass of milk used to be the perfect treat. That is, until nutritionists realized that sugar wasn’t healthy and dairy probably wasn’t nature’s perfect drink. In light of recent debates over dairy, more people are choosing...

  • Coffee Cuppings Are Trendy For Fall
    A wine tasting used to be an ideal way to spend a free afternoon and gain knowledge of the beverage world. Not anymore. Coffee cuppings, which involve sampling a series of coffees to better understand their unique characteristics, are taking over wine...

  • Schools' Sugary Drink Bans
    Soda bans, sugary drink taxes and sports drinks debates have been hot topics for Summer 2012 and show no signs of abating in fall. Schools across America are joining the anti-soda bandwagon. Portland, Maine just announced a pan-public school proscription...

  • Beer Companies Go Green by Reducing Water Consumption
    Concerned about the world's water consumption? Then a (major-label) beer is your drink. Two major beer producers, MillerCoors and Heineken, are currently working to reduce the amount of water they use in their respective brewing processes. This eco-...

  • 80 Percent of Schools Still Have Soda Machines
    The war on soda might be waging on in corner stores and at the dinner table, but there’s one place where it has been conspicuously absent: your kid’s school. Soda companies began making contracts in the ‘90’s with schools in order...

  • Heineken Acquires Strongbow Cider
    Cider, for Americans, has always indicated a family-friendly effervescent apple juice. A great fall treat for kids and adults alike, whether you said apple cider or cider, you meant juice. Well, no more. Hard cider has gained popularity in the U.S....

  • La Colombe Serves Up Cold Brew Coffee in Vintage Soda Machine
    Old soda machines, cold brew coffee and local cafes all have their places in the pantheon of hipness. Now, Philadelphia-based coffee roaster, La Colombe Torrefaction, is installing cold brew coffee machines into select cafes that are made from refurbished...

  • Vivino Wine App Helps You Choose a Better Bottle
    Are you the type of wine drinker who enjoys the occasional bottle, can tell the good from the bad, but doesn’t quite know the difference between your merlot and your chardonnay? Well, there’s now an app for that. A new smartphone app, ...

  • Czech Bartenders Mix Beer and Soda to Increase Sales
    Beer has a strong relationship to national character: Americans like their brews cold, the Brits serve beer at room temperature and flat, and the Czech, well, they just like to drink a lot of it. Czech attitudes have been changing, however, in regards to...

  • Starbucks Introduces Clover Coffee Machine in Brooklyn Stores
    Although Starbucks' coffee is most commonly regarded as being burnt and ordinary, the coffee chain sees their potential far beyond that. Never one to leave behind progressive ideas, Starbucks recently announced that they are going to bring the famed...

  • Coffee 101: How to Order the Best Drink
    Coffee lovers tend to fall into one of two categories: those who need the brown liquid to jolt them awake for their day, and those who prefer to linger over their cup and identify the different flavor notes. Though the beverage may inspire sighs of...

  • Philadelphia Gets BYOB iPhone App
    Figuring out where to go to dinner is never an easy task, especially when you want a place with a great drink menu as well. That’s where BYOB restaurants come in, letting diners bring their own drinks and save money. Yet, not all restaurants will...

  • Starbucks to Offer No-Frills Mobile Payments with Square
    Cash can be oh-so-cumbersome when it comes to paying for coffee.  Starbucks knows this, that's why they've introduced consumers to Starbucks cards and phone payments. Now, the green mermaid has paired up with Square, a mobile payments start-...

  • Number of American Breweries Reaches 125 Year High
    Although no one has ever doubted the America's affinity for beer, it’s only in recent years that the amount of breweries has approached pre-Prohibition highs. The year 2012 marks a 125-year high point in the total number of beer brewers....

  • Cocktail-Inspired Foods Star at SF Chefs
    Do you want to have your cocktail and eat it too? Good news, you’re in luck. What was once an impossible dream can now be your reality if you head to one of the cutting edge restaurants that are turning America’s favorite cocktails into food....

  • Wine Milkshakes Come to LA Burger Chain
    Wine and ice cream, frosty cocktails, and creamy white Russians have all made their appearances in America’s summer drinking repertoire.  Now, there’s a new cocktail that wants to win you over: the wine milkshake.  This isn’t...

  • Do Coffee Chains and Small Cafes Treat Customers Differently?
    How do you like your morning coffee? A cappuccino with a side of chatty barista, or maybe your prefer a filter coffee with only money exchanged?  Unspoken coffee house rules have become increasingly complicated recently, as baristas refused to...

  • Kids Still Drink Milk, Despite Popularity of Soda
    Nutritionists, dietitians, and doctors used to think that when kids picked up a can of Coke, they put down the milk carton. However, new research finds that this might not be true. Research that was based on a survey of more than 7,000 middle schoolers...

  • No One Knows What's In Your Coffee Chain Drink, Research Says
    If you have ever wondered how many calories were in your grande cappuccino, turning to the online calorie counts might not be the best way to figure out whether or not the drink will fit into your diet. The Korea Consumer Research Agency recently released...

  • Cornell University Holds Contest to Name New Grape Varietals
    If you’ve ever thought it would be awesome to name a grape for wine, now you can try your hand at it. Bruce Reisch, horticulture professor at Cornell University, has bred two new varieties of grapes, a white and red, and is asking the public to help...

  • Soda Causes Permanent Weight Gain, Study Finds
    It’s no surprise to anyone that soda causes weight gain, what with the controversial soda ban this summer and soda companies' new goal to find a better alternative to their sugar-laden pop. Health-conscious consumers know to stay away from the...

  • $356,570 of Fine Wines Stolen in Unrelated Incidents
    Recently, two separate and unrelated wine thefts occurred in England and Canada, that resulted in the theft of a combined total of $356,570 worth of wine. In both cases, the stolen wines were easily identified, but the guilty party has yet to be found....

  • Olympic Cocktails Honor the Games
    Even though the U.S. might not have won the Olympic bid for the 2012 games, Americans are eager to get in on the Olympic action. What better way to tip our hat to the Brits than British-inspired cocktails in honor of the games? While you may not be able...

  • Tap Wine, the Eco-Friendly Way to Drink
    Having beer on tap is old news, but who knew that it's a super-green and eco friendly way to have a drink? Kegs prevent needless waste associated with drinking, which is why eco-friendly organizations are now arguing for wine on tap.   The waste...

  • Study Shows Sports Drinks Don't Work
    As the Olympics hold the world’s attention for the next couple of weeks, people may be inspired to get active, to head out with their friends and kick a soccer ball around, to swim, or maybe even to go for a jog. The vast majority of them will sweat...

  • Timbaland to Release Sparkling Liqueur
    Celebrities need to do it all these days. They need to act, sing, have a great wardrobe, a cute child  and now they need their own liquor brand. Timbaland, the multi-platinum, grammy award-winning producer, just announced his venture into the alcohol...

  • Can Coke and Pepsi Create an All-Natural, Calorie-Free Soda?
    As soda ban hearings begin, the dangers of sugar become common-knowledge and grocery stores introduce a dizzying array of sugar substitutes, it makes sense that soda companies would jump onto the healthy bandwagon. While diet drinks originally seemed like...

  • Anheuser-Bush Releases Zip Code Beers
    If you’ve ever wondered what a regional beer brewed by Budweiser might taste like, this fall is your chance to find out. Anheuser-Bush planning to release a small, limited-edition batch of beers inspired by the different locations of their breweries...

  • Lavazza Releases Edible Coffee Cup
    For those who like to get a sweet, caffeine-fuelled start to their day, meet the newest invention that is sure to revolutionize your morning: the edible coffee cup. Italian coffee company Lavazza developed a cookie cup lined with a special frosting that...

  • 5 Must-Have Coffees in London
    With the Olympics rapidly approaching, all eyes are turned toward London. This constant barrage of sport will, however, certainly leave you weary and craving one thing: coffee. Though London may be known as a beer mecca, coffee lovers have never had more...

  • Coffee Art That Goes Beyond the Cup
    Coffee and art aren’t exactly strangers. There’s latte art, there are the photos and paintings that hang on the walls of your favorite café, and there's even the art of making a good coffee. Yet, you probably haven’t seen...

  • Champagne Sales Slipping in UK
    Champagne has long been the go-to wine for times of celebration, but either tastes are changing, or the thinning of consumers' wallets may be having an effect on sales. Recent research reveals that sales of sparkling wines, such as prosecco and cava,...

  • Jack's Abby Brewing Releases Peanut Butter Beer
    Two popular foods that Americans love that are rarely combined: peanut butter and beer. Until now, that is. Framingham-based beer company, Jack's Abby Brewing is introducing a peanut butter-flavored beer to commemorate its first anniversary. Although...

  • London Releases a Trio of Commemorative 2012 Olympic Wines
    With the opening ceremonies coming up in a week, all eyes are turned to London for the Olympic Games. While the weather in England may not be the promised beautiful British summer, London 2012 has decided to combat dampened spirits by introducing its own...

  • Starbucks to Open Evolution Juice Stores
    Starbucks is taking over the beverage world, or so it seems. With the release of their new energy drinks last week, the Refreshers, the recent acquisition of San Francisco-based bakery La Boulange, and plans to open dedicate Tazo Tea shops, it may...

  • Study Finds Connection Between Binge Drinking and Smoking
    Everyone has received the talk at some point: don’t drink and don’t smoke. The statements usually come intertwined, which seems to reflect our habits surrounding the two activities. Now, a recent study shows news that the tax increases on...

  • Joe the Art of Coffee to Open Shops in Philadelphia
    With artisan-quality coffee gaining a following around the country, it was only a matter of time before the popular New York café Joe the art of coffee expanded their empire to other American cities. Joe owners Jonathon and Gabrielle Rubenstein...

  • Sports Drinks: The Myths Busted
    The Coca-Cola and McDonald's sponsorships for the London Olympics are creating outcry from health advocates, but there's one sponsorship they may be overlooking: Powerade. Powerade, the official drink for athletes at the 2012 Olympic Games (...

  • Coffee Shops Add an Extra Shot of Espresso — Without Telling You
    Can’t live without your morning coffee? If your caffeine fix comes from a large macchiato, you might be getting more than you think. National chains like Starbucks have begun to add an extra shot of espresso into drinks without asking the customers...

  • Vending Machine Gives out Free Tea for a Tweet
    With more and more companies using social media these days to increase their consumer base, you may think you’ve seen it all. But you haven’t seen this: the vending machine that will give you free tea in exchange for a tweet. A South African...

  • The Best Airlines for Free Alcohol
    With airlines constantly cutting back what they offer when cruising at 35,000 feet, it makes sense to choose your airline based upon their free services. And what better way to decide whom to fly with than from the list from Map Happy of airlines that...

  • Fiat Releases a New Coffee Machine — For Your Car
    Although the Fiat 500 may not have taken over America’s highways quite yet (despite the attention the commercials received), the car is certainly an icon of Italy — much like espresso. Therefore, it only makes sense to combine the two,...

  • Can You Be Fined for Drinking Beer on a Stoop?
    For lots of New Yorkers, the stoop is simply an extension of their home. It’s not public property, it’s their front yard, their perch from which to observe the city. So it makes sense that Andrew Rausa, a third-year student at Brooklyn Law...

  • New Frozen Coffee Cup Can Microwave a Brew in 4 Minutes
    We’ve all had those mornings. You get up and you’re tired, all you want — nay, all you need — is a cup of coffee, but the thought of making one is too taxing. You’re already running late and don’t have time to stop by...

  • Coffee and Dessert Make a Smashing Pair
    Wine and food pairings are so last year: the next time you're at dinner, instead of asking the waiter which wine pairs best with your meal, you might be inquiring as to which coffee will complement your pot de crème. Michael Warring, owner and...

  • Which American City Drinks the Most Iced Coffee?
    Florida, or maybe Southern California, seem like they should be filled with people guzzling their iced coffee year-round, right? Wrong. New Yorkers are the biggest iced coffee drinkers in the country, consuming more than 300,000 cups per day, reports...

  • Cool Down With a Wine and Ice Cream Float
    Summer 2012 is already turning out to be a scorcher. Though the high temperatures may tempt you to swap happy hour for an ice cream party, now you don’t have to choose. Faldery Winery in North Carolina is introducing wine and ice cream floats, so...

  • Find the Beer of Your Dreams at The Charleston Beer Exchange
    While Charleston is no stranger to craft beers, it’s rare to find a store that covers beer in such depth as The Charleston Beer Exchange does. Part retail store, part bar, you’ll be able to find the beer of your dreams here. And then some....

  • Where to Find the Best Coffee in Charleston
    While gourmet coffee has been undergoing a renaissance as of late, it can still be difficult to separate the truly great cafés from the Starbucks clones. Here are the Charleston cafes that will provide you with good coffee, good ambiance and good...

  • The Best Bars You Aren't Going to in Charleston
    Tired of the usual bar scene and standard happy hours? Try mixing it up his summer with a visit to one of Charleston’s best hotel bars. No longer just for tourists, hotels are stepping up their bars, offering custom cocktails good enough to compete...

  • Must Drink: A Round-up of Charleston's Wine Bars
    With new wine bars popping up on seemingly every street corner in Charleston, it is easy to be overwhelmed. How can you discern the ho-hum from new classics? Which ones are following a formula and which ones are breaking the mold? Here are four wine bars...

  • French Indulgence at Charleston's Bin 152 Wine Bar
    Sick of standing at overcrowded and impersonal wine bars waiting to be served an overpriced glass of the same old wine? When the weariness descends, Bin 152 wine bar on King Street in Charleston’s French Quarter will sit you down with a carefully...

  • Would you Spend $168,000 for a bottle of wine?
    Ever wondered if the top shelf bottles of wine are really worth the extra bucks?  Turns out they might be, but probably not for the reason you think.  Recent research reveals that people enjoy wine more when it costs more.  Not necessarily...

  • Increase in Demand for Robusta Coffee Beans
    Don't know the difference between your robusta and arabica coffee beans?  Well, turns out that demand for robusta—the bean most frequently used to make instant coffee drinks—has been increasing recently.  These beans are grown...

  • Recovery Room Tavern: Charleston's Neighborhood Bar
    In a city becoming known for its cocktail culture stands Charleston’s Recovery Room Tavern, a dive bar that is anything but typical. The tavern’s unique event each evening means you’ll never be left without plans for a night out. Want to...

  • France Grants National Heritage Status to Grape Vines
    The French have always prided themselves on excellence in winemaking, though their recent decision to grant national heritage status to a plot of vines in the Ardour Valley reveals a new layer to their devotion to quality. These vines are related to...