Rating: Standard, mid to lower end Roman Coffee
Just behind the Ministry of Economy and Finance, you’ll find the Colomba Caffè. It’s pretty much identical to a few other cafes on this street. For a minute I thought I had already come in here, and then realized, after looking up the place in this very blog, that it indeed wasn’t the same. So I continued on with my taste test of their coffee. You walk in and the first thing you encounter is the espresso machine. It’s the center of the locale and the point of reference. I thought this was a good thing, but let’s read on.
This is what I got served:
Presentation: Nice cup, I like the shape. I’m familiar with the roaster now. Maybe it was the tip that I placed automatically on the counter, but water was served immediately without my asking. There was a small drip on the side of the coffee from the portafilter spout being too close to the edge of the cup. Spoon was small enough to stir the bottom of the cup. Good enough.
Temperature of Cup: It was very hot, super hot. Had to wait a good deal to try it. The barista looked at me as if I had already drank the coffee, so I had to hug it between the phone and me so he wouldn’t steal it away.
Quantity: It was a very short, almost ristretto shot. It was after lunch time so good enough.
Temperature: Well, by the I could comfortably put the cup onto my lips, the espresso was quite cool, almost cold. Not bad.
Volume/Consistency: It was thin, watery, light, and not what you’d expect from a super short espresso. Too little coffee in the porta filter my friend.
Crema: It was light brown, and thin and not oily. It started to die out quite fast and by the time I had my second sip (see below) it was all displaced to the rim of the cup.
Odor: Nope, what is that? Is freshly brewed coffee supposed to smell?
Taste: It was a sharp bitter start that moved to burnt, and didn’t reach rancid, nor uber bitter, but it was just a stale tasting espresso. I would have said that the espresso had laid in that cup for a few days before being served, but I saw him putting the grounds in the port filter and pulling the shot, so….
Overall: It wasn’t a horrible espresso, but just OK and well… not good enough for me to finish. You take it for what it’s worth!
The setup: They are using a battleship Faema espresso machine, quite ugly in my opinion, and then a Mazzer Grinder. The coffee is the Roman based roaster Morganti Caffè.
Bar Colomba S. N. C.
Via Flavia 54
Tel. 339 858 4196