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”

TRE EMME CAFFÈ, VIA CAMILLO SERAFINI 47, 00164 ROMA

Mid-Level Roman coffee

Rating: Standard, good Florentine coffee being served

Out in what feels like the boonies of Rome, in the northern part of Monteverde there’s a cafe called ‘Tre Emme’ which is kind of hidden by the outside terrace. Tucked under the awning you can find the name of the cafe. But I saw the two coffee brand logos on the outside so I’d give this a try. The place is not fancy, not jazzy, just looks like a coffee house that hasn’t been changed since the 1978 oil crisis.​ Continue reading “TRE EMME CAFFÈ, VIA CAMILLO SERAFINI 47, 00164 ROMA”

TOMEUCCI CAFFÈ EUR, VIALE EUROPA 54, 00144 ROMA

Low-Level Roman coffee

Rating: Standard, lower-end Roman coffee

The Tomeucci Caffè near the EUR Palasport area is a chic, smooth place, looking to keep the upper crust clientele happy. It’s part of a series of aspiring-to-be-swanky bars in the area – and yet it tries to combine its historical presence with a step in the future. Some do so successfully others don’t. Not sure where this will land, but it served an OK coffee. And it was relatively packed with people, both standing and sitting, and lots of traffic while I tasted the coffee. Its got a large outside terrace, and an interior that’s divided on the left for pastries, center for sandwiches, and the right hand side for coffee.​ Continue reading “TOMEUCCI CAFFÈ EUR, VIALE EUROPA 54, 00144 ROMA”

BLANCO BAR CAFFÈ, VIA DI BRAVETTA 352/354/356, 00163 ROMA

Mid-Level Roman coffee

Rating: Standard, passable version of Palombini caffè

The Blanco Bar Pasticceria Tabacchi cafe is a catch-all, one-stop shop for whatever small pleasure in life you’re set on having. Its interior has the all to familiar ‘black and white = chic’ that’s seen almost everywhere in Rome, so you be the judge. It received a lot of traffic, so I guess folks like this place.​

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BINARIO CAFFÈ (STAZIONE TRASTEVERE), PIAZZA BIONDO FLAVIO, 00153 ROMA

Low-Level Roman coffee

Rating: Standard, low quality Roman coffee

Since the Baffo Bar is such a good place, I thought I would see if the Trastevere station’s bar offered any serious competition. It turns out that the Binario Caffè is simply a total dud in comparison. It is located inside and towards the right side of the station as you walk in. It is always packed with people and the coffee is just a bit more expensive than on the street. Continue reading “BINARIO CAFFÈ (STAZIONE TRASTEVERE), PIAZZA BIONDO FLAVIO, 00153 ROMA”

MARCUCCI BAR CAFFÈ, VIA DI MONTEVERDE 1, 00152 ROMA

Mid-Level Roman coffee

Rating: Standard, slightly above average Roman coffee

The Marcucci Bar Caffè sits on the Via di Monteverde and is directly across the street from the Romagnani Caffè (reviewed previously). It has a very different feel, more for older folk, and more of a nice, clean yet more mature atmosphere to it. Let’s see how it’s coffee compares.​ Continue reading “MARCUCCI BAR CAFFÈ, VIA DI MONTEVERDE 1, 00152 ROMA”

SOFIO CAFFÈ, VIA FRANCESCO CATEL 18/20, 00152 ROMA

Mid-Level Roman coffee

Rating: Standard, above average Traditional Roman coffee

The Sofio Cafe is nestled in a very residential area, and appears almost unexpectedly. The concentration of cafes in this small area of Monteverde is surprising, the Francesco Catel street is touching via F. Ozanam which has a good number of cafes on it already. So let’s see how this place survives the competition.​

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DESIDERI E CAFFÈ, VIA FEDERICO OZANAM 25, 00152 ROMA

Mid-Level Roman coffee

Rating: Standard, normal quality Bologna-roasted coffee in Rome

The Desideri e Caffè cafe in the Monteverde neighborhood is an interesting phenomenon, it is always packed with people. There are always people on the tables outside, inside, and always quite a lot of traffic at the bar. It is about 20 seconds walking distance from the Crismi cafe, which as I said, is a spectacular cafe. Let’s see what’s the deal here.

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SNACK BAR CAFFÈ, VIA MARMORATA 59, 00153 ROMA

Mid-Level Roman coffee

Rating: Standard, run-of-the-mill Roman coffee

It’s interesting how names sometimes predestine a person, the same happens with this cafe. The Snack Bar Caffè is actually a nice place inside; its small, long and has a lot of wood and marble, i.e., very traditional looking. I had been there a few months before and had a horrible coffee, but this time, something was different.

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