Caffè d'Epoca

Overall Rating: 7.850

Address: Piazza Trieste e Trento, 2
Cross Street(s): Via Nardones & Via San Carlo
City, State ZIP: Napoli, 80132
Neighborhood: Toledo
Phone: +39.081.4976074
Hours: Su-Sa 7am-2am
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 7.80
Barista: 7
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 7.90
Aroma: 7
Body: 8
Brightness: 8
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Caffè del Professore
Cup Manufacturer: Manifattura Porcellana Alberghiera Napoletana (M.P.A.N.)
Price: $1.20
Last Update: 10/16/2013
First Reviewed: 10/16/2013
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Many consider Caffè del Professore as making some of the best espresso in all of Napoli. The Caffè del Professore roaster, based in Palermo, is one of the most prized small roasters boasted on the front signage of many a local café here. And when you walk in front of this small café and look at the bold signage above the door, in the back of the establishment, and along all the sidewalk seating in front, you'd be hard-pressed to say this wasn't the famous Caffè del Professore on Piazza Trieste e Trento in Napoli. But the reality is that it isn't: that place is called Il Vero Bar del Professore ("The Real Professor's Bar") at Piazza Trieste e Trento, #46 - and this is #2, just partially around the square. Confusing? It's by design. Oh, they use Caffè del Professore coffee alright. But nowhere will you find the name Caffè d'Epoca posted anywhere. That sort of curiosity made us want to check out this place even moreso than the three-chicchi-rated Il Vero across the way. Despite ample outdoor seating on the front sidewalk under Coca-Cola parasols, inside the space is very tight and quite dark. Locals do come here - largely to avoid most of the tourists across the way and have a solid espresso shot at only ?0.90. And like Il Vero nearby, they promote their own Italian-style hot chocolate: here it's 32 flavors of Eraclea. Using a four-group La Spaziale machine at the rear of the dark bar, they pull shots of espresso with a medium brown crema that dissipates relatively quickly. It has a balanced flavor centered on spices and some herbal pungency, but it's surprisingly of restained strength.