What’s great about Rome is that the streets are so small, that you can’t possibly see a landmark coming from a mile away. You simply turn the tiniest of corners and then there is this monumentally large and incredibly old sight to see right in front of you. You really get a sore neck from looking so directly up at everything. Such is the case for the Pantheon. As immense as it is, it’s nestled into the tiniest ancient piazza. There’s only room for a select few store fronts, and one of those happens to be Rome’s best coffee “torrefazione,” Tazza D’Oro, which literally means Cup of Gold.
It most certainly is quite the cup of gold. It’s the best coffee in Rome.
I couldn’t possibly explain my love for Italy. It’s the best country I’ve ever seen in my life and I’m convinced there is nothing like it. The energy, the people, the music and the food, even the architecture simply radiate a warmth that no other city can possibly achieve. Rome is truly a golden city in and of itself–how fitting to find Tazza D’Oro right in the center.
One of the most admirable qualities of Italians is that they live very purely, very simply, and very luxuriously. Perhaps you don’t see how those things can go together, but to that I simply say you’re looking at all three the wrong way. Italian people believe in quality, not quantity, in enjoyment, not rushing around, and in simplicity and practicality, not scams or gimmicks or anything more complicated than it needs to be. Despite what any inexperienced or weary tourist might tell you, nowhere is going to overcharge you for a simple cup of coffee, and nowhere is going to offer anything horrible, because Italians respect food, and they believe in nourishing oneself as a form of pleasure, and not just sustenance.
So, this brings us to this perfect little cafe, where you’ll find tourists and locals alike, all enjoying an espresso or a cappuccino (breakfast only!), as well as a bite of the infinite varieties of chocolate you’ll also find there. Each day, they brew a different variety of their coffee selection. My most recent trip there was on a day they had Jamaican Blue Mountain, described as such: Jamaica blue mountain is certified absolutely the best and the most famous gourmet coffee in the world. It grows exclusively in a zone of Jamaica from whom takes the name. It is selected by berry by berry and the quantity of coffein is basically unexistent. It was sold by auction in barrels lined with blue velvet. Precisely because the crop is limited it’s the coffee for experts, also if it has a refined taste, very pleasant and mildly flavored, meets the favor of the majority.
From teeny-tiny cups of every flavor of gelato, to cheap glasses of wine, inexpensive clothing markets, and quick little arancini–it’s clear that Rome is a city where the people believe in treating themselves many tiny times per day, and Tazza D’Oro is no exception.
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