The Il Pappagallo Bar Caffè is just like one of those endless places here in Rome that offer a quick snack-like food dish with a cup of coffee to top it off. It’s a monolocale, a thin long establishment, and it’s got wood paneling and lots of mirror things on the walls to make the places less claustrophobic. The effect is just like any other bar or café here in Rome. When I walked in it was pretty dead, being like 7 in the afternoon, and a Russian couple where arguing at a table about what the best places to see in Rome would be. The owner barista was an older guy, past his hey-day and was busy cleaning up the counter and coffee machine.
This is what he gave me:
Presentation: Nice clean cup. Spoon used to seeing some action, and the no water was offered. All was in order. I like this shape so we’re off to a good start.
Temperature of Cup: It was a warm cup, near scalding. Oh yeah. Good start… not even!
Quantity: Short shot, ristretto by any standards, happy here.
Temperature: Very hot, I had to wait a good 5 minutes for it to cool down and be manageable…
Volume/Consistency: It was surprisingly smooth, oily, and silky. A bit watery at the end but nothing outrageous.
Crema: It was persistent, and too bubbly for my taste. Look at this volcanic activity there, looks like a mutant frog will jump out at ya from the middle of the cup!
Odor: Nope, nothing here.
Taste: It was a bitter start, bitter middle, no rancidness, and total flat tasting. Nothing exciting. Just a regular bitter, pale coffee… if it’s your first espresso in Rome you’ll probably think it’s too bitter. But it was just middle of the road.
Overall: It was mid to lower end Roman coffee. Given that the roaster they’re using is a uber bitter rancid profiled kind of roaster (yay!) then all things considered this espresso was quite decent with the raw materials they’re using…
The setup: They had a decent Wega espresso machine, paired with a Mazzer –Astora grinder. A kicking duo. The coffee was Marziali Caffè, a Roman based roaster that kicks out deeply bitter pungent coffee.
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