DEI FUMETTI BAR CAFFÈ, VIA RINALDO D’AMI 6, 00127 ROMA

Standard Rathing

 

Rating: Standard, mid-range Roman coffee

Now moving on to the other en of Rome, the Western side of Rome, hugging the ‘Grande Raccordo Anulare’ or the circle freeway that encloses and divides Rome as no stupid medieval or ancient city wall did, is the Caffè Bar dei Fumetti. It’s a small locale in a newish shopping center and it’s filled with lots of comic book paraphernalia (as the name implies). It’s got a wall full of Marvel and DC plastic dolls (large size figures) a very 1950s diner area with red plastic booth seats and fun pop music blaring from it’s interior. The barista was a younger woman full of fun tattoos and what seemed to be the owner, was a very tall buff older guy unafraid about his addiction to comic books.

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TORINO CAFFÈ, VIA TORINO 40, 00184 ROMA

Standard Rathing

 

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…

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CASINA ESEDRA CAFFÈ, VIA VITTORIO EMANUELE ORLANDO SN, 00185 ROMA

 

Rating: Standard, low-end Roman coffee

The small kiosk, Casina Esedra Caffè, sits just north west of Termini station. It’s a small kiosk with an adjunct seating

area that’s covered by a makeshift tent. When I walked in there were the usual tourists struggling to communicate with the barista in English. It wasn’t the tourist’s who couldn’t communicate, but the barista. Either way, when I ordered my coffee in my fake Italian, he seemed to ease up and started talking about the recent earthquakes. Since I’m from California, yeah, I know a little about these stupid natural events. Either way, the barista was a very nice extremely soft spoken guy who seemed t exude a relaxed air about him that was very nice. From earthquakes we went on to talk about life in general, as always happens when you talk shop at a bar.

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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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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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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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ANACLETO CAFFETTERIA, VIA OSTIENSE 73, 00154 ROMA

Mid-Level Roman coffee

Rating: Standard, normal Roman coffee

The Caffetteria Anacleto is a nice looking place. It doubles as a coctail bar in the evening. It’s got the standard black and white Roman idea of chic decoration (see their google + page for more photos), which I will say, is not bad. From the google images I see that it’s been somewhat recently revamped. Maybe it’s changed owners, and it’s been purposefully given this new decoration. Who knows. But it’s the coffee we’re after.​

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CAFÉ DU PARC, PIAZZA DI PORTA SAN PAOLO SNC, 00153 ROMA

Mid-Level Roman coffeeRating: Standard, good Traditional Roman coffee

The Café du Parc is just literally a hop away from the amazing Tram Depot, so it has quite a reputation to keep up, or given that this is probably been here longer than the Tram Depot, this latter has stiff competition in order to distinguish itself. The Café du Park takes on the same free-standing kiosk structure as the Tram locale, and it’s a proper-clean place to look at. But, I will say, that the place is packed 10 feet deep with cops, bus drivers and other public social workers all the time. Continue reading “CAFÉ DU PARC, PIAZZA DI PORTA SAN PAOLO SNC, 00153 ROMA”