Rating: Standard, mid-range Roman coffee
The locale is in the south of Rome, south oft he San Giovanni area. It’s quite new looking and very polished and clean. The Masci Caffè looks like a mix of sleek cocktail lounge and café that is definitely a style here in Rome. There’s nothing really much like a ‘hipster’ joint here (except for a few third wave places), since the shabby chic crap so in vogue in other countries is well… the norm here. People are tired of old crap in stores so ‘new’ is a bonus! Go figure no? Coffee was the baseline of other stuff happening in this place. With the alcoholic drinks and simply a more upscale place to hangout being the main focus. Either way, the staff, upbeat dance music and barista were cool. Got a nice vibe here and would gladly come back to it.
This is what I got served:
Presentation: Nice clean cup. Like the shape, like the fact that it’s got the bars own logo and not a blanket statement of the roaster (although yes, it’s still there and in a place I like). No water was offered, but given to others when asked. Spoon was a bit large for the size of the cup. But whatever, no?
Temperature of Cup: It was good, not scalding, and we’re off to a good start!
Quantity: Short ass shot! Damn! It was a ristretto, no?
Temperature: Good, warm, borderline too hot, but not quite there. I could taste it without a problem and without getting my tongue burnt.
Volume/Consistency: It was creamy, thick and syrupy. It was decent in that it wasn’t chalky. Usually a ristretto like this tends to be powdery, Here it was syrupy and yet not excessively. Good!
Crema: It was thin, just a bit over extracted as you see in the bubbles on the side. But it was slick, elastic and persistent. It didn’t add much to the drink which was already good and full bodied.
Odor: Dark dark roasted smell.. not my most favorite coffee smell. But I’ll take it!
Taste: It was a crescendo of bitter sharpness. Not rancid, nor astringent, but bitter dark. It kind of went into a chocolate type of taste, but not there. It was a forceful punchy espresso.
Overall: It was decent. Better than the last espresso I had by this brand of roaster. It was a good decent mid-level Roman coffee.
The setup: They were using a newer model of La Cimbali with a Mazzer grinder. The coffee, yes, it was Marziali Caffè. This roman roaster is robust, sharp and dark. The interesting thing is that they were giving the bar their own cups. All at a price my friend!
Di Masci Marco
Via Mario Menghini 58
Tel. 06 781 0591