Rating: Mid to upper range Roman Coffee
In the little labyrinthic streets north of Piazza Navona, you’ll find Papa’s Caffè. A corner locale that seems sleepy and unassuming. When I walked in it was dead quiet, a couple of dudes on the outside chilling, and when I approached the bar some guy chatting up the barista. He left, and another took his turn after a few minutes. Also chatting her up… They were speaking in Romanian, and couldn’t figure out what they were up about. The barista was a woman in her late 40s with a real presence and attitude that I can’t quite describe. Let us say, she seemed like she could have been orchestrating from behind the bar quite a lot more things than espresso and sandwiches. Either way, she was super polite and took care when making the espresso.
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So a bit more than a week ago a very good friend of mine who lives near Santa Cruz went out of his way (and dug deep into his pocket) to send me some freshly roasted coffee from the new café Cat & Cloud. This is a new establishment by Chris Baca, Jared Truby and Charles Jack. They’re veteran Third Wave folk, who’ve been roasting, competing, and simply serving damned good specialty coffee for 10+ years. I found out about their new café when this said friend sent me a link to their podcasts. If you haven’t heard them, go give them a listen. They’re refreshingly happy, candid, and low key. A nice change from all the bullshit stuck up attitudes and idiotic obfuscation I always encounter around Specialty Coffee. So now, not only am I addicted to coffee, but I’m also addicted to spending half an hour a week listening to these dudes shoot the shit. So without further ado, let’s talk about the coffee that my friend sent me.
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