Cafes in Italy - Page 3

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#21: Post by ojt »

Hmm, I haven't really found a good rule how to find a good coffee here. Some places with a good reputation in my opinion serve really bad coffee. Some lowly neighbourhood cafés serve really good coffee. One factor that I use personally for decision making is the nerd factor. If the baristas / owners seem nerdy / dedicated I tend to trust them. If they seem superficial, "just doing their jobs", or such, I'm not expecting good coffee.

Paying attention to the coffee brand might actually make sense. I'm not 100% sure of this but it seems that some brands make sure the bars their coffee is served at have their machines dialed in and maintained correctly. For example Caffè Carraro has been pretty much a guarantee so far. That's where the lowly neighbourhood cafè (well, bar really) example came from, the place down the street that is more known for drunkards and very cheap wine actually serves really good coffee, Carraro brand. I really don't think the owners cares one bit about coffee quality.

My experience of Tazza d'Oro and Sant'eustachio in Rome were actually contrary to most I've heard. Expensive and low quality. Especially in Sant'eustachio the coffee just a bitter mess with a very unjustified price. I would personally have avoided the place, as I would most of the "historical cafès" that every town here has, but the wife wanted to try it. Never again.

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#22: Post by dparrish » replying to ojt »

Hence my qualifier that if you prefer brighter, more "3rd wave" coffees, you wouldn't agree with me. But I stand by my opinion: If you like medium dark roasted milk chocolate notes (Tazzo D'Oro was a bit darker; I bought their beans as well but have yet to open the bag), the Sant Eustachio was/is wonderful. As in wonderful enough that i just placed an order for 4 more kilos of it!