They say ‘when in Rome, do as the Roman do’ and it seems Starbucks has adopted this mantra for its first Italian outpost in Milan, which taps into the city’s rich design scene.
The Starbucks Reserve Roastery takes over a historic building on Milan’s Piazza Cordusio and is the American giant’s first foray into the home of the espresso. Eschewing the brand’s usual pale wood fixtures, the Milan roastery has marble countertops which pay homage to traditional Italian espresso bars, as well as brick surfaces and exposed copper pipes.
Starbucks’ usual white and green colour scheme has also been given a mature twist via dark green accents, while the focal point of the roastery is a 22-ft-tall bronze roasting cask that periodically unfolds and rotates.
A handcrafted Palladian-style mosaic floor runs throughout the colossal space, and the Arriviamo Bar serves aperitivo and small bites on the upper mezzanine level.
The Starbucks Reserve Roastery, Piazza Cordusio 3, Milan