November 10, 2016
TORINO CAFFÈ, VIA TORINO 40, 00184 ROMA
 
Rating: Standard, solidly middle range Roman coffee

 

 

I stumbled onto the Torino Caffè almost by accident. Well, it was totally random and I had passed by this street quite some times and never noticed it existed. It’s got a very small façade, unassuming, and yet when you walk in, you’re confronted with a very long deep space that connects to the buildings interior courtyard. Quite nice actually. The decoration is also different. It’s a mix of Massachusetts beach (whitewashed wood etc) style with some undefined modern sleek yellow type of thing. It’s not bad, nor too gaudy nor heavy. As I walked in one of the waiters looked at me with an annoying stare, as he was just finishing washing the floor… c’est la vie…

TORINO CAFFÈ, VIA TORINO 40, 00184 ROMAThis is what I got served:

TORINO CAFFÈ, VIA TORINO 40, 00184 ROMA

Presentation: A nice round buoyant cup, I like my cups a bit smaller, but this is standard of this brand. No water offered, all in order.

Temperature of Cup: Good not bad, it was warm, not scalding, and even though it was cold as hell outside, I when to try it with my lips and didn’t get burnt. Good!

Quantity: It was a good shot, not too much, well, it was a bit longer than an espresso, but I didn’t mind.

Temperature: Also very good, brewed in the low 90Cs.

Volume/Consistency: It was light but not run-down, it had a silky-like texture that wasn’t oil heavy, nor syrupy. It was quite smooth and had a definite presence.

Crema: Well… look at this ying-yang shape… not very appetizing in my opinion. It was over-extracted and somewhat killed. One side looked great and velvety, the other like coarse sand on the beach.

TORINO CAFFÈ, VIA TORINO 40, 00184 ROMA

Odor: Dark roasted coffee. Not very inviting, but not rancid.

Taste: Here’s the surprise, I was expecting a runny flat espresso. Instead, I got something quite nice. It was a tart starting point, that then went to a dark bitter but not rancid plateau, and had hints of lime I would say, but then turned with a finish back to tartness and a smooth bitter dark-roasted coffee flavor. It was not very heavy with oils, so the senses were quite smooth.

TORINO CAFFÈ, VIA TORINO 40, 00184 ROMA

Overall: Although it was not super complex, it was a solid nice espresso with some hints of flavor beyond burnt coffee. It was quite good and enjoyable. Solidly middle to upper quality Roman coffee.

The setup: Well.. I had photographed the La Cimbali machine but somehow my phone ate the darn photo! So I didn’t get it. Instead, what it saved where the porta filters being watshed. The barista washed all the porta filters, with soap and a scrub. He didn’t use any chemicals except soap…. Which we know doesn’t actually do the job of killing the rancid oils, but at least it’s better than nothing! The grinder was a La Cimbali and the coffee was Mondicaffè a Roman roaster that has quite a range of specialty coffee in their recent offerings.

TORINO CAFFÈ, VIA TORINO 40, 00184 ROMATORINO CAFFÈ, VIA TORINO 40, 00184 ROMA

Torino Caffè

Italy Caffè S.R.L.

Via Torino 40A

00184 Roma

Tel. 06 487 0000

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