The best coffee shops in Rome?
Coffee is one of the most consumed drinks in the world and one of the most famous is Italian coffee: aromatic, tasty, full-bodied, delicious! Italians take the art of coffee very seriously and you will hardly have a bad coffee in Italy, but in some places, coffee is the main star and today we are going to give you the map of the mine for you to have a very special coffee in Rome. Let’s go?! Shall we get to know the best coffee shops in Rome? Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”
“Caffetterie” are everywhere in Italy, in every city. Coffee is one of the most consumed drinks in Italy and, of course, it is one of the best places in the world to taste this “jewel” in liquid form! It is said that Voltaire drank forty coffees a day and he called it “poison”, but, in his words, “a slow poison, in order to be aware and help to think, to think about how to fight tyrants and imbeciles”. The Church considered coffee to be the “drink of the Devil” and the sultans prohibited the consumption of coffee by women. Read more about this story in the course of our Post. Let’s now get to know which are the best coffee shops in Rome? Also visit our section on Food in Italy!
1) The best coffee shops in Rome? SANT´EUSTACHIO IL CAFFÈ
Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè: until today it maintains the old method of wood roasting born in 1938. Although the place has been operating since 1800, next to the Pantheon, near Piazza Navona (Navona Square), the cafeteria is one of the most famous, beautiful and visited in Rome . It mixes modern and traditional flawlessly.
- Where it is: Piazza Sant’Eustachio, 82 – Rome.
- Hours: Sunday to Thursday, from 7:30 am to 1:00 am; Friday from 7:30 am to 1:30 am and Saturday from 7:30 am to 2:00 am. Closes on December 25th and August 15th.
2) The best coffee shops in Rome? CASTRONI
Castroni: the cafeteria has several units and in all of them you can also find different products such as pasta, jams and, of course, delicious coffee! Despite having several stores, the oldest, most famous and iconic store is that of Viale Marconi.
- Where it is: Viale Marconi 100 – Roma.
- Hours: Monday to Saturday, from 8:30 am to 8:00 pm.
3) The best coffee shops in Rome? TAZZA D´ORO
Tazza D’Oro: Another traditional cafeteria open since 1944 is a great option in the Formello region. Elegant, it combines excellent quality coffee with delicious delicacies! Worth the visit!
- Where it is: Via degli Olmetti, 5B – Roma.
- Hours: Monday to Saturday, from 7 am to 8 pm; Sunday from 10:30 am to 7:15 pm.
4) The best coffee shops in Rome? CAFFÈ GRECO
Caffè Greco: It is a really special place! Open since 1760, the cafeteria is decorated with 150 works of art and has four rooms. The coffee is IMPECCABLE the atmosphere very pleasant!
- Where it is: Via dei Condotti, 86 – Rome.
- Hours: every day, from 9 am to 9 pm.
5) The best coffee shops in Rome? CAFFÈ FLEMING
Caffè Fleming: Although the coffee around here is in the background because of artisanal sweets, they serve one of the best coffees in Rome. There is also a gelateria, restaurant and bar serving excellent snacks. The atmosphere is well decorated, charming and the service is exquisite!
- Where it is: Via Flaminia, 677 A – Roma.
- Hours: Monday to Saturday, from 6:45 am to 9:00 pm; Sunday, from 7 am to 9 pm.
6) The best coffee shops in Rome? CAFFETERIA SCIASCIA
Caffetteria Sciascia: open since 1919, it is considered the “best coffee in Rome”. The atmosphere is charming, the aroma of coffee welcomes us in a very special way and, in addition to coffees, they also serve delicious desserts. Great choice to visit after lunch!
- Where it is: Via Fabio Massimo, 80ª – Roma.
- Hours: every day, from 7 am to 9 pm.
7) The best coffee shops in Rome? GRAN CEFFÈ ILLY
Gran Caffè Illy: inside Eataly Roma, Gran Caffè Illy celebrates one of the most famous coffee brands in the world, Illy. In a modern space dedicated to coffee, it is a good option for a post-lunch coffee at Eataly itself.
- Where it is: Piazzale XII Ottobre, 1492 – Rome.
- Hours: every day, from 9 am to 0 am.
8) The best coffee shops in Rome? GRAN CAFFÈ LA CAFFETERIA ROMA
Gran Caffè La Caffetiera Roma: A delicious atmosphere that unites coffee and delicacies in addition to an unparalleled peace. They also serve sweets, fast dishes, snacks and offer first class service!
- Where it is: Piazza di Pietra, 65 – Rome.
- Hours: Monday to Friday, from 7:30 am to 9:00 pm; Saturday from 8:30 am to 9:00 pm and Sunday from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.
A Brief Overview of the History of Coffee
The origin of the shrub Coffea arabica is still discussed. Apparently, the first coffee plants were found in Ethiopia in a place called Caffa (a name that was later called ‘coffee’). In this region, between the 13th and 14th centuries, Ethiopians were responsible for the arrival of coffee in Yemen during their military actions. To the surprise of the Ethiopians, the seedlings found the ideal soil and climatic conditions to grow and, from here, the plants, seedlings and seeds went to the north of the world, through routes such as the Red Sea, Mecca and Medina, where at the end of the century XV places were built for tasting the drink and studying the grains.
Coffee Distribution Centers
Since the 16th century, Cairo, the capital of Egypt, has been one of the main and most important centers of coffee distribution. Coffee then became an important product for followers of Islam, since it was forbidden to drink wine, so they drank coffee. With the expansion of the Ottoman Empire, which brought coffee to Austria, coffee began to be spread throughout Europe.
Drink Cursed by the Devil
Despite being much appreciated, coffee only overcame religious prejudices among Christians in the 18th century, because the Church initially considered coffee to be a drink cursed by the Devil. Why? Because, due to its stimulating properties, coffee disinhibited and alerted even the most timid, who were talking, active and could talk too much. Also because, according to a legend, the archangel Gabriel offered coffee to the prophet Muhammad and he, after drinking it, would have “thrown out forty knights in battle and made 40 women happy in the thalamus”. In other words: due to the rumors of its aphrodisiac potential, the Church condemned the consumption of the drink, which was called Arab wine and earned the nickname the Devil’s drink. The ban would have ended because of Pope Clement VIII, who in the early 600s refused to maintain the ban, on the grounds that the drink was not a big deal and that it did not distort anyone, they themselves chose the ways of sins, with or without coffee.
The Coffe Shops
In the seventeenth century, coffee shops emerged in full force in Europe. It started in the United Kingdom, in London, extended to Paris and arrived in Italy in 1615, at the hands of the Venetian Pietro Della Valle. He was the first to announce the opening of a coffee shop in Italy. A century later, in 1720, the famous Caffè Florian was inaugurated in Piazza San Marco (St Mark’s Square) and, to this day, proudly bears the title of “oldest cafeteria in Italy”. Although it is one of the reference countries when it comes to coffee, consumption in Italy is less than half when compared to Northern Europe.
The Espresso Coffee
In 1902, in Milan, espresso coffee was born, thanks to the invention of engineer Luigi Bezzera: a machine that used extremely high pressure to filter the powder from the roasted and ground beans. The famous Italian coffee maker, Moka, was developed by Alfonso Bialetti in 1933: he created a coffee maker where the water boils and rises under pressure, passing through the filter with the coffee and providing us with a more creamy coffee. Strained coffee came from the hands of Neapolitan Eduardo De Filippo, who invented a homemade system using a paper cone supported on a teapot and named coppitello.
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The best coffee shops in Rome? Italians are passionate about coffee and, not for nothing, dominate as few in the world the art of serving and enjoying this magnificent drink in its most diverse forms. When in Italy, be sure to try the authentic Italian coffee! However I advise you to choose to visit the various cafeterias you find along each corner, they are more authentic and there you will really spend what is indispensable. The best coffee shops in Rome that I mentioned above, being historic coffee shops, are beautiful but they are usually much, much more expensive than normal coffee shops.
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