Best Coffee In Rome (Warning: We Say Coffee, We Mean Espresso)

The Ancient Roman Pantheon

What’s a coffee?! It might seem a strange question. Everybody knows what a coffee is. But I need to tell you that if you’re Italian and you don’t know how the coffee thing works around the rest of the world, you might have some issues trying to get your coffee when you’re abroad. Here’s the thing. Italian people doesn’t know the difference between a coffee and an espresso. To us they’re the same thing. We actually don’t ever ask to get an espresso when we enter a bar. We just ask for a coffee. Plain and simple. So, when Italians go abroad and ask for a coffee, what they actually have is a coffee flavor hot beverage. Hence they always end up ranting about how it tastes like crap. Though I like the American coffee too. I know the difference now, then when I feel like it I ask for  one espresso.

I guess you know we’re very good at making espressos. Though to have the best one in the world you should go to Naples, you can have a good one pretty much at any bar here in Italy. But here in Rome we have a couple of places very special, and I’m going to tell you about my favorite. The bar is called Sant Eustachio il Caffè and is right behind the Pantheon. That means that when I feel I need a good dose of caffeine, I have to take the subway and get to the city center. Heading from the subway station to the bar to get my coffee, I always remember how much I love my city. I walk around one of the most ancient historic city centers in the world, surrounded by countless buildings and monuments, some of which built two thousand years ago. It’s still impressive, even though I’ve seen them like one million times. And just before arriving, I can’t help but staring at the Pantheon facade and at its dome. I mean, that building is there since 25 B.C. (then rebuilt by Emperor Adriano in 118 A.C.), and is still standing, in a very good shape, and absolutely astonishing. That’s why I don’t mind make it to the city center just to have an espresso.

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Sant Eustachio il Caffè is very famous, and its espresso acknowledged as the best you can get in Rome. It’s even mentioned in the tourist guides, hence always crowded and full of tourists. But for a good reason. The classic espresso is fabulous, and that’s why other than tourists you’ll find there always locals hanging out while they have their favourite espresso. Here you can also find several different kinds of coffee, but if you would like to have something very inimitable, you should have the speciality of the house. The Gran Caffè. It’s basically a triple espresso, served in a big cup, and very creamy. A coffee gem for espresso lovers. That’s my usual. So when you’re in Rome, and find yourself in front of the Pantheon feeling like having a coffee, don’t be attracted by the many tourist bars and restaurants in the square. Just head behind the Pantheon, take a slight turn on the right, and you’re gonna have the best coffee of your life. Even better, give me a call and I’ll take you there. I’ll get my usual, what about you?

John Reese


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I'm an Atypical Italian Traveler, born and raised in Rome. View all posts by Gianluca8675

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