Of course, not every Espresso Italia distributor has complaints. "Personally speaking, I have no issues with the company," says Linda Reissman, who operates 30 profitable espresso machines in New York City.
Espresso Italia officials wouldn't comment to the 'Pipe about Curran's claims or previous legal troubles. Managing director Richard Sciacchetano said a company lawyer would fax a comment. It never came. Sciacchetano was hardly pleased by the 'Pipe's questions. "I think we advertise in your paper," he offered. "Be careful what you write."
-- As told to Edmund Newton