Caffè Ponchione

Overall Rating: 7.900

Address: Corso Vittorio Alfieri, 149
Cross Street(s): Via della Fontana
City, State ZIP: Asti, AT 14100
Phone: +39.0141.592469
Hours: M-Sa 8am-12:30pm, 2:30pm-7:30pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 8.00
Barista: 8
Savvy: 9
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: La Cimbali
Coffee Rating: 7.80
Aroma: 8
Body: 7
Brightness: 8
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Caffè Torrefazione Ponchione
Cup Manufacturer: IPA
Price: $1.15
Last Update: 10/08/2007
First Reviewed: 10/08/2007
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales

A famed area local roaster and champion of Slow Food causes, this downtown torrefazione/café is a bit more advanced than the rest in the area. For one, they offer up to seven different selections of coffee beans for your espresso - from their standard blend at ?0.80 to single estate coffees for ?1.50, including Jamaican Blue Mountain at ?2 (now why you would want to use JBM in an espresso is a separate question). Using two-group and three-group MTR Dosatrons, they pull shots with a mottled medium brown, tiger-striped crema - which can run lighter at times. It's a place for area coffee lovers, however, and the flavor tends to run in the smoky, almost tobacco-like range.