As you enter a bar in the morning in Italy, you might run into a real show of people ordering 365 different versions of coffee. Macchiato, macchiato freddo, schiumato, ristretto… the variaties are basically endless. In the end, the most critical aspect is the coffee itself, so coming to Caffè Ciamei to drink a delicious coffee might make the difference for you.
This coffee shop is a real treasure in the multicultural neighborhood of Vittorio Emanuele, once born as a new public servant district, now a place with a completely different face. Some historical shops still resist the big cultural changes this neighborhood is going through. Caffè Ciamei is indeed still working after more than 100 years of activity, and still has the first coffee license in Rome.
I like to enter a shop that tells you something about its history, and indeed, Caffe Ciamei is a history book where you can even see the machines. In fact, behind the shop there’s the roasting room.
When I enter this place, it’s not only about drinking a simple cup of coffee – it’s more to meet with people that have been breathing in the smell of coffee since day one – experts and authorities in the coffee field. It’s one of my favorite places to drink on the spot or take some grounded coffee back home.
Although the coffee purists might not like the following statement, I’m telling you: try their cremina instead of sugar!