Sprudge.com Presents: The Giorgio Milos Caption Contest

Giorgio’s latest attack on American Espresso has sent us over the top. He visited four shops in NYC (Abaço, Café Grumpy, Ninth Street Espresso and Stumptown) with Salon.com and poo-pooed every shot of espresso.

So the darkly suave Milos is visiting from the birthplace of espresso for a year to gauge the state of coffee in the United States, illy’s largest customer outside Italy, and he has quickly learned how seriously Americans take their coffee. Call it a storm in a demitasse: He elicited a frothy response when, while blogging for theatlantic.com in May, he commented that American baristas not only need more training but are using so many different, unorthodox methods to pull shots you’d wonder if they’d ever sipped the drink in its country of origin.

We proudly present Sprudge.com’s first contest: The Giorgio Milos Caption Contest. Can you come up with a caption for this photo? The winner will receive a Sprudge.com Prize Box and a poster of Milos with the winning caption!

"Insert Caption Here!"

It’s easy to play, just comment below. We’ll announce the winner on September 27th.


  1. El Ocho says

    “Americans baristas know nothing about the preparation of espresso… oh wait, except Mike Philips because he’s the best”

  2. says

    “See, even this contest is not a real contest. The contests we have in Italy have bulls. And whips. And…and…stuff like that. And I don’t like how the words, “SPRUDGE.COM” are written in smaller print. Actually, I don’t like any of it, you second-class espresso makers.”

  3. Tumi Ferrer says

    In Italy we say: „Learn to walk before you run.“ In America I’ve found it to be „Learn to smoke before you go to Starbucks.“

  4. Giorgio says... says

    None of these captions are “true” comedy.

    In Italy we understand that true comedy must have a little farce (but not too much), a little satire (to balance the farce), a little wisecracking (which usually comes at the expense of Americans), good banter (which will depend on the preparation and type of people involved) and a punchline.

  5. James P says

    The WBC has come a long way in 11 years, another decade and maybe they’ll be able to interpret true espresso and have a true champion. Sniff.

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