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Antico Caffe del Brasile

Posted on Apr 30, 2009 | 5 comments

I was always a coffee drinker, but moving to Italy has really upped my coffee consumption quite a bit. I’m definitely in the routine of cappuccino in the morning, espresso after lunch (sometimes macchiato), and then normally another slotted somewhere in between. And though I have my regular spot in Piazza Madonna dei Monti, the Antico Caffe del Brasile on via del Serpenti is my second choice. I normally go here when I want to have a little something sweet with my espresso, which is usually either a cassatina (a mini-form of the Sicilian cassata) or a piece of chocolate. The bar has bins and bins of little chocolates that you can choose from, which make for just the right amount of sweetness with your caffe. The people working there have been around for ages and are always extremely nice to everyone lined up along the long bancone. They have panini, etc, but I haven’t tried them (too busy with espresso and chocolate!). As you can see in the last shot, it’s also possible to buy beans (and no, your eyes aren’t deceiving you, that is a postcard of the Pope stuck in there).

If you’re learning to expand your Italian coffee knowledge, check out this pretty extensive write up on Why Go Italy. Coffee is an artform here, so if you really want to live like a local, start studying! Alternatively, leave your coffee questions below and I’ll do my best to answer

Antico Caffe del Brasile
via dei Serpenti 23


  1. This is the biggest reason why it is virtually impossible to get a bad coffee in Australia, and virtually impossible to get a good coffee in the US – in my experience (and Starbucks does not count – it’s dressed up milkshakes!) Well outside a small area of NYC and SFO anyway 😉

    Italian immigrants arrived in oz later, and brought the espresso machine with them. Even the most humble cafe in a country town bases its coffee around the espresso.

    Nothing percolated or stewed.


  2. My favorite bar in Roma! Last summer, my very pregnant goddaughter and I stopped here every morning for caffé. Espresso for me and decaf cappuccino and something to eat for her. After a few days they were all talking about her baby and if it would be a boy or a girl. The consensus was that it would be a boy as her face wasn’t ‘brutta’ like it would be for a girl. Two months later, Anna Coral was born in Homer, Alaska…

  3. belle :-)))))))))))))))

  4. I was wondering what kind of camera you have. You always get such excellent color saturation!

  5. Sally – You are lucky indeed! I actually know quite a few Australians with Italian roots who now live here.

    DMae – That is a fantastic story! The older woman who works there is quite a character. And congrats to your god-daughter!

    Arzach – Grazie mille!

    Saretta – I use a Canon Rebel XTi. These were shot with the standard 18 – 55 mm lens w image stabilizer. I think a lot has to do with light as well, as that really can enhance or detract color.

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