FARO – LUMINARI DEL CAFFÈ, VIA PIAVE 55, 00187 ROMA

 

Rating: Third Wave Coffee in Rome

 

Well, it’s official, if up until a week ago the Third Wave Specialty Coffee scene in Rome might have been a bit ambiguous, a bit ‘nascent’ and maybe a little weak, well… that phase is officially over now. Third Wave Coffee is definitely here in Rome and boy am I glad to report that it’s here in such a cool way. Just this past Saturday 17th of December the Faro – Luminari del Caffè (or in English, ‘Lighthouse, Luminaries of Coffee’) held it’s gran opening.

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CAFFETTERIA – MERCATO CENTRALE ROMA TERMINI, VIA GIOVANNI GIOLITTI 36, 00185 ROMA

Rating: Third wave coffee in Rome

If you ever had the chance to walk southwards from Termini’s entrance down the Via Giovanni Giolitti street I’m sure you couldn’t have missed seeing this amazing, and gargantuan closed up hanger-like area of Termini station. It’s a huge, beautiful hall that is at least 5 stories high, decorated by an all open brick work and with an imposing central furnace-like chimney head made out of deep purple-read marble.

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DUE FONTANE BAR CAFFÈ, PIAZZA PERIN DEL VAGA 13, 00196 ROMA

Rating: Third Wave, Florentine Ditta Artiginale coffee served

 

August 15th is a famous day here in Italy, it is ‘Ferragosto’, the middle of August, a public holiday which is also the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and whatnot, whatever, people go hit the beach, the cafes, and the streets, and don’t want to be home. I had the fortunate experience of visiting the Due Fontane Bar Caffè recently (Instagram here), and was simply delighted. ​

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NERO VANIGLIA CAFFÈ, CIRCONVALLAZIONE OSTIENSE 201, 00154 ROMA

Rating: Third Wave, with Ditta Artigianale and Udine-based Coffee
If you find your way on the Circonvallazione Ostience, a bustling avenue in the Garbatella district, you might just pass up the Nero Vaniglia Caffè & Pastry shop. It’s on a corner, totally unassuming, and nothing to compare with the other 3 dozen cafes on this avenue. No chairs line its outside area, and all you can see from the street is the old ‘Pasticceria’ sign that adorns this historic locale, that was once home to the Pasticceria Gori that inhabited this space since the late 1950s. I read on the Italian food digest ‘Gambero Rosso’ article that this place was a ‘specialty coffee’ locale. Just a few days earlier than the article, Marjani Coffee roaster told me also that there was a place in Circonvallazione Ostiense doing drip coffee. Continue reading “NERO VANIGLIA CAFFÈ, CIRCONVALLAZIONE OSTIENSE 201, 00154 ROMA”

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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