FORONI TORREFAZIONE, VIA BRITANNIA 32, 00183 ROMA

 

Rating: Standard, very good Roman Roaster in San Giovanni

The Foroni Torrefazione is in the San Giovanni neighborhood and it’s been active since the 1920s. When I walked in, even at 7:15pm, it was full of people, busy and lively. It’s a bit of a bazaar as most of the roasters in this area tend to be. Coffee is just a part of the overall operation. I’ve been here a couple of times and always welcomed by really friendly open staff that make you get excited before walking in- you know you’re going to be treated well. While they sell lots of other things, the coffee roasting remains the flagship activity.

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BLACK DIAMOND BAR CAFFÈ VALENTINI E TORREFAZIONE, VIALE BEETHOVEN 64/66, 00144 ROMA

Mid-Level Roman coffee

Rating: Standard, good Roman traditional coffee

The Black Diamond Bar Caffè Valentini is a place where the name and essence of the locale don’t match. The coffee house is in the EUR Palasport area, where there’s lots of wannabe snazzy bars cum cocktail lounge places. The ‘Black Diamond’ is obviously referring to a sleek-chic martini lounge or something. But walking into this place you’re immediately confronted with a home-made, family-friendly, family-run business. Signs are not in sleek fonts, but in hand written cute notes. But there was another surprise here, that the coffee they serve is the one they roast, and they sell it to the public. So in fact, this is a ‘torrefazione’ as well.​ Continue reading “BLACK DIAMOND BAR CAFFÈ VALENTINI E TORREFAZIONE, VIALE BEETHOVEN 64/66, 00144 ROMA”

ADRIATICA TORREFAZIONE, VIALE ADRIATICO 1/C/F, 00139 ROMA

Low-Level Roman coffee

Rating: Standard, low-quality Roman roasting

The Torrefazione Adriatica is a great find in the Monte Sacro area of Rome. It’s got tons of things in its store: wine, candy, aperitivos, and of course, coffee. Since what I’m searching for here is artisanal coffee roasters (or those we can classify as third wave roasters), we’re grading these places in those terms. I have to make this explanation because of the low rating I’m giving this place. Let’s start out with what they do best…

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SANT’EUSTACHIO IL CAFFÈ, PIAZZA S. EUSTACHIO 82, 00186 ROMA

Mid-Level Roman coffee

Rating: Standard, without the fluf you’re left with normal Roman coffee

Here’s the place that needs no introduction. Just google Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè and you’ll get hundreds of reviews, and I would bet nearly all of them claim the glory and greatness of this café. Ok, good. We’ve read that. And if you’ve been here, you might have been enticed to think the same. Hell, back in the day when I first came here, I thought it was good. If the NY Times says its good, then of course it ‘has to be good’ no? Let’s see what we think today. And you know I won’t agree!I​

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CAMERINO CAFFFÈ, LARGO ARENULA 30, 00186 ROMA

Poor

Rating: Poor, exceptionally bad Roman coffee

Yes, you read it right Cafffè Camerino has three- one F, two F, three F’s- in its name.This is a great old-time marketing ploy to get you to remember the coffee there. I was drawn to it by all the positive reviews I’ve read… However, and again as with other cafes I’ll review here, it seems few folks are actually “tasting” the espresso served there. Or they might not have ever tasted a true artisan roasted espresso before! I was disappointed by what’s served here, especially given the potential of this place to excel at what they do!​

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MOKOLIMPIA TORREFAZIONE, VIA DELLA DONNA OLIMPIA 34, 00152 ROMA

Very good Roman coffee

Rating: Standard, exceptionally good traditional Roman coffee

On the way south of the Villa Pamphilj, still in the heart of Monteverde, you’ll find one of those hidden gems that you always read about, but are always skeptical if these places actually exist or not. At the start of the Via Della Donna Olimpia you’ll find the roaster and coffee bar Mokolimpia.​

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CASTRONI CAFFÈ, VIA COLA DI RIENZO 196-198, 00192 ROME

Mid-Level Roman coffee

Rating: Standard, decent Roman style coffee.

The coffee shop slash-emporium Caffe Castroni is a staple of the chic Prati neighborhood of Rome. This is their flagship store on Via Cola di Rienzo, supposedly around since 1932. You see lots of positive hoopla on the net about how great their coffee is… let’s see what they have.​

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