PERGAMINO CAFFÈ, PIAZZA RISORGIMENTO 7, 00192 ROMA

 

Rating: Third-Wave establishment

Funny how things are, but a little less than a few weeks ago a local third wave coffee enthusiast here in Rome told me about the Pergamino Caffè. It had just opened up and was brewing coffee in all crazy kinds of ways. I had intentions of going there with him when I got notice that the Pergamino Caffè was having a grand opening (happened yesterday, 19 Sunday June 2016). The place on the Piazza Risorgimento, right next to the Vatican (and those that are going to go to the museum should stop by here before standing in the crazy long line). It is a small mono-locale, with open brick interior. A long sit down counter against the left wall, and then of course a very long bar, the setup is very impressive and we’ll see it below. Either way, the grand opening was great, tons of coffee tasting all on the house. There were three baristas cranking out the coffee and two or more waiters that were bringing out food and other things. As you’ll see, it was packed.

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CRISMI CAFFÈ BAR, VIA FEDERICO OZANAM 59, 00152 ROMA

Very good Roman coffee

Rating: Good, excellent Roman Coffee served

This small locale is a gem. Yet walking by, you really don’t notice it. Yet it had a lot of traffic, and always does. The Crismi cafe is one of the best cafes I’ve had so far here in Rome, even in the microcosm of the Monteverde area, this place is by far one of the top. Let’s discover why.

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LA ROMA CAFFÈ, LARGO MAGNA GRECIA 19B, 00183 ROMA

Very good Roman coffee

Rating: Standard, very good Roman Traditional coffee

In the San Giovanni neighborhood of Rome you find a nice espresso surprise. South of the Lateran complex of churches, and down the Via Magna Grecia you run into a lot of cafes, this one is ostentatiously called ‘La Roma Caffè, Italian Flavour’. So let’s see if the name holds any water….​

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WHITE BAR, VIA FEDERICO OZANAM 86, 00152 ROMA

Very good Roman coffee

Rating: Standard, excellent version of the Traditional Roman espresso

The White Bar and Cafe is located on the same street as the Torrazione Trio in the Monteverde area (Quartiere XII Gianicolense) of Rome. Its look is very sleek, very clean, very cool. If you look them up, they have an aperitivo menu, and there’s a side terrace that looks like a cool place to hang after hours. However, your first impression on walking in is that the coffee is important to the place and they show a professional attitude towards what they present. Looks promising!​

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NINO BAR PASTICCERIA GELATERIA SICILIANA, VIA IV NOVEMBRE 89-93, 00043 CIAMPINO (ROMA)

Very good Roman coffee

Rating: Standard, yet distinctly different from Traditional Roman coffee

The Sicilian Cafe – Pastry shop Pasticceria Nino is placed in a very strategic locale at the foot of the Ciampino train station (South of Rome). Since a lot of travel to and from Rome happens from the Ciampino Airport, where Ryan Air and other low-cost airlines operate from, the Ciampino train station sees a lot traffic from international travelers. Yet it’s not so much tourists that I find here, but locals, and lots of them.​

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VOGLIA DI CAFFÈ BAR, VIA ABATE UGONE 27, 00152 ROME

Very good Roman coffee

Rating: Standard, excellent Roman styled coffe.

The Cafe and Bar Voglia di Caffè is a hidden gem in the Monteverde neighborhood of Rome. The fact that the cafe is literally hugging the Osteria Palmira, a place always teeming with people after 9pm, might show for its popularity. Voglia di Caffè is a very small bar that’s overlooking a police academy and a large state run math school. It’s always packed with cops, students, and locals. The guy who runs this place, Maurizio Tarantello, is a gem and so is his love of coffee. It actually shows in the product he delivers.​

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BUD CAFE 8, VIA OVIDIO 12/14/16, 00192 ROMA

Very good Roman coffee

Rating: Standard, good quality Roman style cafe

Bud Cafe 8 is located literally just around the corner from Castroni cafe. This might reflect stupid business sense on the owner’s part, or it might show that there’s room and demand for better coffee than what Castroni’s putting up. I think it’s definitely a case of the latter! The bar has a California, surfer-ish style about it, with the Q ball logo trying to say something of what you’ll find inside…​

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