Thursday, October 13, 2016

at The Harp

Well met, Cappuccino, I want to take you all at...

The Harp, a welcoming and relaxing place.

Getting inside, your sight is pleased by wood all around, a lot of books and musical instruments. 
I really like the colour-matching: white and green give a particular emphasis to the ambience and red bricks complete the frame.

Two levels: on the ground floor, a small counter, some tables with seats and a piano that catches my attention...on the first floor, a lounge with a bookcase, shelfs with  cups and tea-pots and some others seats.

They serve several kinds of tea, but I'm here for a Cappuccino!
So, I order my beloved one to a smiling barista and after that, I reach the second level...

Cappuccino is waited in a white classic cup, metal spoon, three different kinds of sugar and no cocoa on the top: presentation agrees with Criteria.
No pattern, I don't mind...
Temperature is good and Espresso too, but foam is flabby and milk is not so creamy...this Cappuccino has a lack of strenght! Taste is not exciting.

In the end, I like this place, it's ideal to meet friends or spend time with yourself, reading a good book, writing or just loosening.

Cappuccino can be improved!
Let me know...

Vote: **
Price: Euro 1,20

The  Harp
Corso Ten. Aldo Barbaro no. 46
Palmi (RC) 89015

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

at Torrefazione e Cioccolateria Manuli

Today, at breakfast time, I visited a place that really pleased my morning...

Torrefazione e Cioccolateria Manuli is a small coffee&chocolate-shop and roastery, nice and cozy in its atmosphere.

Very minimal and essential design: a wooden arc bar counter, some seats near two glass tables rested on terracotta pots full of raw beans and a coffee-island with several container of blended beans.

Lamps hanging from the ceiling light up all the place and the friendly staff is ready to cheer you with their coffee-drinks, sweets and hand-made chocolate.

Sitting on a chair, I wait for my beverage papillas are ready to judge!

Cappuccino is served in a white classic cup, metal spoon, four different kinds of sugar or sweetener and no-cocoa on the top: Criteria are fulfilled!
Pattern is simple and likable, it's not essential to have it but, sight supports taste...
Temperature is optimal, Espresso is good and strong, milk is well-heated and foam is thick: Cappuccino is creamy until the last sip! 
Taste is good and the drink is light, a perfect mix for an enjoyable breakfast.
An exquisite Cappuccino!

So, I had good time at Torrefazione e Cioccolateria Manuli, quality is notable and I like the place in its well-conceived use of the space.
Visit it!

Vote: ****
Price: Euro 1,30

Torrefazione  e  Cioccolateria  Manuli
Via XXIV Maggio no. 74/76
Taurianova (RC) 89029

Thursday, October 22, 2015

at Bar Deraco

For the first review of the new season, I chose a place, in my hometown, that I know very well...

Bar Deraco, a well-known patisserie, ice-cream parlor and coffee-bar that owns an old tradition in its field.
It's a family run businness and there, competence and kindness are the surplus value that make this place one of the most favourite among people in Cittanova.

A long wooden bar-counter divided into different spot, coffee&co, ice-cream and bakery welcomes people, giving a large choice to please your day.
You can decide to taste your stuffs at the bar or to have a sit outside, where you can find a covered terrace with several seats and tables.

Simone, the barista, knows about my passion for Cappuccino and always, he delights me with a good drink and one of the homemade specialities that "the Deracos" offer to their customers.

Cappuccino is waited in a  white, classic-size cup, metal spoon, three different kinds of sugar and no-cocoa on the top: Criteria are completely satisfied.
Pattern is really simple and shows you how coffee, foam and milk are mixed.
Temperature is precise, foam is soft and durable, milk is creamy and properly heated, Espresso is strong and tasty.
A very good mix, the beverage has thick body and strenght, a caress for my papillas and not-at-all heavy for my stomach: the best way to start my day!
An outstanding Cappuccino!

Well, Bar Deraco is a place that deserves to be visited for the quality of its products and the homey atmosphere that the staff is able to spread.
Cappuccino is really good and exclusively Italian.
You will not regret!

Vote: ****
Price: Euro 1,20

Bar  Pasticceria  Deraco
Via Pierluigi Nervi no. 4
Cittanova (RC) 89022

Thursday, October 08, 2015

..a coffee gallery...

Here we are again, Cappuccino lovers...
Summer has gone and it's time of new reviews and a lot of Cappuccino!
In the last three months, I've posted (on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Path) several pictures of Cappuccino, Espresso, breakfast or coffee-break all made in Italy.
Now, I would like to begin a new season of reviews and I want to introduce it with a small gallery of pictures relating to "coffee-experiences"  I had in my Italian period.

He was my cream, and I was his coffee -
And when you poured us together, it was something.
~Josephine Baker

Classic Cappuccino

Déjà Brew: The feeling that you've had this coffee before. 
~Author Unknown


I orchestrate my mornings to the tune of coffee. 
~Terri Guillemets

1. Espresso macchiato and fig's mignon; 2. Espresso macchiato and Cat's tongue;
 3. Espresso and peach's mignon; 4. Espresso and muffin

Be a coffee-drinking individual — espresso yourself! 
~Author Unknown

Classic Cappuccino

A yawn is a silent scream for coffee. 
~Author Unknown

Espresso macchiato and mini fruit tart

I just realized I’m not a morning person — I’m a coffee person. 
~Author Unknown

Classic Cappuccino

Coffee is a language in itself.

I hope you enjoyed this gallery, you can find more pictures on Instagram, Fb, Twitter and Path...
Feel free to text me for suggestions, critics and comments.
Soon, new reviews...stay tuned!

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

..ilCappuccino021 goes to Italy...

Dear Cappuccino Lovers,

As you can read in the title, it's time, for me, to spend a period in Italy, my beloved country!

In this months, I will not leave you alone, heheh...the plan is to show you a bit of my beautiful land: traditions, culture, places, food and drink.

First of all, I will try to bring to your homes Italian Cappuccino, no comparisons, just show you the way Italians drinks it and try to make you feel the "taste".
Second issue, it's to document Italian Coffee Tradition: from the selection of beans, going through the blend and the roasting, up to the final product, Espresso.
Third purpose, is to include in the blog, by pictures or videos, everything I see, every place I visit, every food I taste...

In a few words, I will take you around with me!

View of "Capo Vaticano", Calabria, South Italy
I hope you will be happy to keep on following the blog and appreciate all that I will show you!

You can also follow "ilCappuccino021" on several social network:
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Friday, May 29, 2015

at Aroma Nusantara by Caffè La Tazza

Some days ago, a friend suggested me to visit a coffee-shop in Mall Ambassador...

Aroma Nusantara, a small and simple coffee-corner that is part of Caffè La Tazza.

Wood is all around, the interior design is very essential: on one side there's the bar-counter, on the other one a shelf containing coffee-items, mokas and coffee-maker, just in front of the entrance, a movable with big glass jars holding coffee-beans from different part of Indonesia.

There, everything gave me a homey feeling: the little hall with only four wooden round table, the sound of cups and metal spoon hand-washed by the barista and a very kind and friendly staff...all this, made me relax and inclined to sip my favourite drink.

Cappuccino is waited in a red classic-size cup, metal spoon, two different kinds of sugar and no-cocoa on the top.
Presentation agrees with the Criteria.
Pattern is simple.
Temperature is fine, Espresso is really good, milk is creamy and foam has a good consistence.
I like the taste and the nice feeling gave by the the dense body of the beverage.
Balance of flavour is proper and the result is enjoyable.

In the end, Aroma Nusantara is a place that pleased me for the cozy atmosphere and its simple concept...Cappuccino is good and I think they can really reach high level keeping this way.
Stop by there...and let me know!

Vote: ***
Price: IDR 32k

Aroma  Nusantara  by  Caffè  La  Tazza
Mall Ambassador Lantai 4
Jl. Prof. Dr. Satrio Setia Budi no. 69
Jakarta Selatan 12940

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

at 127 Cafe

In Kosenda Hotel, you can find a coffee corner...

127 Cafe, very nice and comfortable place, tastefully and accurately decorated.

A wooden partition containing clay pots divides the hall in two part, one reserved to the restaurant and the other to the cafè.
A dim light ambient,  likable design items as bookcase, floor lamps, big glass containers with plants surround couches and armchairs beside little round tables.
Behind the sofas, there's a little pool with flowing water and its sound is so relaxing...Cappuccino is just what I want now!

While I'm sitting on a sofa, one of the kind waiters comes to take the order and after some minutes I'm ready to enjoy my beloved drink.

In 127 Cafe, Cappuccino is served in a classic dark cup, metal spoon, two different kinds of sugar, no-cocoa and, to please the customers, a cookies.
Criteria are satisfied!
Pattern is complex and well-done.
Temperature is good, milk is creamy and foam is rich...Cappuccino has thick body and strenght.
The only criticism is about Espresso: it's waterly and I can't taste it while I sip the beverage, a stronger one would make this Cappuccino really excellent. 

In conclusion, I recommend to visit 127 Cafe: it's an enjoyable place, quiet and elegant.
There, everything is well-thought and the effect is really pleasant and soothing.
Interesting Cappuccino experience.
Visit it!

Vote: ***
Price: 40 IDR

127  Cafe
Kosenda Hotel
Jl. KH Wahid Hasyim no. 127
Jakarta Pusat 10240