San Tommaso 10

Overall Rating: 8.200

Address: Via San Tommaso, 10
Cross Street(s): Via Giuseppe Barbaroux
City, State ZIP: Torino, TO 10122
Phone: +39.011.534201
Hours: M-Sa 8am-12am
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 8.20
Barista: 9
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: La Cimbali
Coffee Rating: 8.20
Aroma: 8
Body: 8
Brightness: 8
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Lavazza
Cup Manufacturer: IPA
Price: $1.25
Last Update: 10/15/2007
First Reviewed: 05/12/2004
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales

This café represents the birthplace of Lavazza, and it represents its flagship status to this day. You can fetch your own pastries on the right in the glass case as you walk in, walk up to the tiny front bar with room for two (or by the single-person bar on the side by the newspapers) and have your morning breakfast. Though there is more stool seating further back, among the heavy Lavazza advertising section right before the lunch café starts. The place is decked out with serious Lavazza accessories, especially centered around the Lavazza Blue pod system. It's now painted a sort of creme green/blue color scheme and is surfaced with many mirrors to make it seem larger. Back behind the bar is a lone three-group La Cimbali. From it, they pull shots with a highly textured, speckled dark and medium brown crema that's only hindered by it's modest depth/thickness. As it is, it's served more like a natural ristretto. Thus its flavor is relatively bold - suggesting the typical Lavazza profile, but stronger and also with some roasted woody spiciness. It also has a good, robust aroma. The cappuccini are large and have excellent microfoam. Served in Lavazza-logo IPA cups. ?0.90.