Pasticceria Converso Bra

Overall Rating: 8.400

Address: Via Vittorio Emanuele II, 199
Cross Street(s): Via Serra
City, State ZIP: Bra, CN 12042
Phone: +39.0172.413626
Hours: Tu-F 7am-8:30pm; Sa-Su 7am-1:30pm, 3pm-9pm
Type of Establishment: Bakery
Cafe Rating: 8.50
Barista: 9
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 9
Consistency: Very consistent
Espresso Machine: La San Marco
Coffee Rating: 8.30
Aroma: 8
Body: 8
Brightness: 8
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 1.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Illy
Cup Manufacturer: IPA
Price: $1.70
Last Update: 10/10/2007
First Reviewed: 10/10/2007
Notes: Outdoor Seating

One of 18 bars in all of Italy singled out for their café excellence by Gambero Rosso, this small corner establishment near downtown Bra - with its turn-of-the-19th-century looks - can be easy to miss. It's not a very large space, and a third of it is dedicated to its excellent pastries and sweets. But in back there's a cozy mirrored coffee bar with several tables and dark wood. Using a three-group Leva 3 manual La San Marco, the barista (often a woman here) pulls espresso shots with a medium brown, even, full crema of good texture and thickness. It has a complex herbal flavor - cloves, etc. - that is quite unusual for Illy beans. There can be a slight sourness, not unpleasant, to the cup at times. Served in Illy logo IPA cups. Pricey at ?1.20.