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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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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