Caffè Mexico

Overall Rating: 7.750

Address: Piazza Dante, 86
Cross Street(s): Via Toledo & Vico Bagnara
City, State ZIP: Napoli, 80135
Neighborhood: Decumano Maggiore
Phone: +39.081.5499330
Hours: M-Su 6:30am-8pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 7.50
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La San Marco
Coffee Rating: 8.00
Aroma: 8
Body: 8
Brightness: 7
Crema: 9
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: S. Passalacqua, S.p.A.
Cup Manufacturer: IPA
Price: $1.30
Last Update: 10/20/2013
First Reviewed: 10/20/2013
Notes: Coffee Accessory Sales

This is a popular location of a small, Napoli-based chain of cafés designed to showcase the coffees of Napoli-based Passalacqua roasting. Located on the popular gathering spot of Piazza Dante, like others in the chain everything seems to have an orange hue due to the interior design and color scheme of the place. In addition to the quasi-Mexican tilework. Why they chose the name "Mexico" is anyone's guess, but the few of them in town are beloved casual coffee spots. Many Napoli residents boast their espresso as being the best in the city. (This location in specific also caught the attention of PBS travel man, Rick Steves.) The emphasis is on "casual", as there's little visually that would tip off their greatness. Hence there is stand-up service at the bar and no seating. The uniformed baristas pull shots from an orange, four-group, manual lever La San Marco machine. There are two primary types of espresso, or "caffè caldo" per the menu: zuccherato and amaro. The former comes with a little sugar, the latter without. ("Amaro" roughly means "bitter", but in American marketing lingo it would be called "unsweetened".) We found that the zuccherato added little sweetness over the amaro, but we rated the amaro here: a flavor of mostly pepper and pungent spice with a little bit of brightness and - as common to the Napoli style - little in the midrange of the palate. It has a healthy, richly textured medium brown crema that occasionally comes with the mark of a heat spot. Served in Passalacqua-branded IPA cups. ?0.95.