Sant’Eustachio il Caffè: Coffee the Italian Way

Sant'Eustachio il Caffè

Sant’Eustachio il Caffè

To the Italians, coffee is not just a hot beverage, it’s an art. Brewing the perfect cup takes know-how and there are a host of rules to which one must abide. No italian would order a cappuccino after noon and tourists are given critical looks for doing so. And the thought off a mint frappucino would bring them into a cold sweat – they don’t muck around with their coffee. The first time I ordered a coffee in Rome, I couldn’t believe how tiny it was. I was accustomed to a tall mug of steaming coffee with a splash of milk. What I received was a minuscule shot. I came to learn that a standard coffee in Italy is an espresso that the locals will quickly see-off, leaning on the bar counter, before getting back to their day. Getting coffee isn’t an ‘event’, it’s an integral part of daily life. The coffee that I knew before is not Italian at all – in Italy it is called the americano, an American invention. Italians lengthen their coffee with milk and the varying ratios of foam to milk determine its name. For example: Capuccino = equal parts espresso coffee, milk and foam Caffè latte = 1 part espresso, 5 parts milk (! be sure to order a CAFFE latte and not just LATTE or you’ll end up with a mug of plain milk) Macchiato = espresso topped with a thin layer of foamed milk

Sant'Eustachio il Caffè menu

Sant’Eustachio il Caffè menu

Sant’Eustachio il Caffè is said to make the best coffee in Rome and attracts a steady crowd of locals throughout the day. It’s a tiny café, located on a pizza a few hundred meters from the Pantheon, and its always full to bursting with coffee cravers. There is some seating outside, however, I advise to drink you coffee and be on your way – it’s rather hectic, plus, sitting down will cost you extra.

Sant'Eustachio il Caffè coffee

Sant’Eustachio il Caffè coffee

The coffee served here is a house brand. Note that coffee is automatically sweetened, so if you don’t want sugar, you’ll need to tell them.

Sant'Eustachio il Caffè coffee

Sant’Eustachio il Caffè coffee

Sant'Eustachio il Caffè bustling interior

Sant’Eustachio il Caffè bustling interior

Sant'Eustachio il Caffè

Sant’Eustachio il Caffè

Sant'Eustachio il Caffè baristas

Sant’Eustachio il Caffè baristas

There is a wide selection of coffee drinks on offer, both hot and cold. Their Gran Caffè is the most famous and a popular choice.

Sant'Eustachio il Caffè: Gran caffè

Sant’Eustachio il Caffè: Gran caffè

Try their unique mousse caffè which balances bitter coffee and sweetness into a fluffy cloud. The cooling coffee granita is another great choice for the summer months, (but it’s a little too cold now).

Sant'Eustachio il Caffè: mousse caffè

Sant’Eustachio il Caffè: mousse caffè

Sant’Eustachio il Caffè

Piazza Sant’Eustachio, 82 Rome T: +39 (0)668802048 www.santeustachioilcaffe.it Open 8:30-1:00am (Sun-Thurs), 8:30-1:30am (Fri), 8:30-2:00am (Sat)

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