Enzo Nucci is the Director of the RAI (Italy’s public national broadcaster) Sub Saharan bureau in Nairobi. Born and raised in the southern city of Naples, coffee is an essential cornerstone of his morning rituals.
What is your morning routine?
I wake up around 7:00 am, put a four person Moca on the stove, drink a freshly squeezed orange juice and eat a papaya or mango while I wait for the coffee to be ready. All the while I read the news and watch Al Jazeera. I then drink a cafe latte made up of three shots of coffee followed by a standalone espresso. After that I shower and head to the office, where I immediately have another espresso before getting down to work.
How many coffees do you have a day?
Around six, though if I go out to dinner I will probably have another. Before quitting smoking a few years ago I could drink double that.
I’m not really a pastry person. Sometimes when I’m in Italy I will have a Cornetto (Italian plain croissant) but otherwise I prefer simply adding a handful or two of muesli to my Cafe latte.
How is ordering coffee in Kenya different from in Italy?
I still find it strange when people ask me if I want a single or double espresso. In Italy you only ever ask for a single except in really exceptional cases like you’ve been up all night and need to get to work. If anything I order two singles to be consumed it quick succession!
How do you feel about a cappuccino after lunch or dinner?
I feel it should be made illegal.
One Minute Coffee Cake Treat Recipe
- 3 tbsp white flour or rice flour
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/16 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp white sugar
- 1 tbsp plus 2 tsp water
- 2 tsp oil or melted margarine
- 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- 1 and 1/4 tsp brown sugar
- 1/4 to 1/2 tsp oil or melted margarine
- Pinch of salt
- 2 walnut or pecan halves
- For the batter, combine dry ingredients and mix well, then add the wet ingredients and continue mixing.
- In a tiny bowl, combine all streusel ingredients.
- Fill a greased muffin tin (or a ramekin or mug if using the microwave) half way with the batter, add on two‐thirds of the streusel, spoon the remaining batter on top and finally add the rest of the streusel.
- Cook for 12‐13 minutes in the oven, or around 1 minute in the microwave. (Microwave times may vary).