Sant Eustachio il Caffè is a historic coffee shop in the heart of Rome. It has a long reputation for serving the best coffee in Rome.
Romans treasure Sant Eustachio il Caffè since good espresso is more than a mere beverage in Rome and Italy. Espresso is a synonym of the Italian lifestyle. I visited Sant Eustachio il Caffè on my coffee trail in Rome.
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Sant Eustachio il Caffè in Rome, Italy
Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè is a historic coffee shop and gourmand coffee roaster in Rome.
The Sant’Eustachio Caffè is famous for its unique coffee blend, appreciated for its bold flavor and rich aroma. Romans praise it for serving the best espresso in Rome. Sant Eustachio coffee is a synonym for the first-rate coffee in Rome.
While the Antico Caffè Greco near the Spanish Steps is famous for its atmosphere of an old-world cafe, the Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè is reputed for the best coffee in Rome.
And this was the reason I needed to check out the Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè on my recent trip to Rome.
So I pinned the Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè on my Google map, added it to my Rome itinerary, and went to test the Sant Eustachio coffee by myself.
As soon as I stepped close to the Sant Eustachio il Caffè, I noticed the aroma of freshly roasted coffee.
Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè is a tiny coffee shop with no seating tables inside the cafe. There is only a counter for guests to lean at while standing and drinking their coffee quickly, or for ordering takeaway coffee. The coffee bar has a few outside tables overlooking the Piazza Sant’Eustachio.
However, there is a price for being served at a table. The bill gets higher if you decide to have a coffee while sitting.
I opted for a table and ordered the Gran Caffe (their specialty coffee) and maritozzo (a famous Roman pastry filled with whipped cream). It was a cloudy winter day in January, and I wanted to enjoy my espresso in the fresh air in Rome. Besides that, drinking coffee in a rush is not my thing.
When I arrived at the cafe, I found it crowded. But, honestly, its inside space is so small that it fills up quickly. I waited for a few minutes to get an outside table free.
A water dedicated me a table in a few minutes. Locals were sitting around my table. They were chatting over their coffee. This fact assured me that I was in the right place, not a touristy place. However, I noticed tourists coming and taking their coffees to go to the bar. I assume they heard about the reputation of Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè, just like I did.
The Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè has a long tradition of serving the best coffee in Rome. The shop was opened in 1938. The furnishings are still the original from the time of its opening. The roasting machine, still used today, is from 1948.
Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè is a gourmand coffee shop that serves the finest coffee in Rome. The Sant’Eustachio’s coffee is made of 100% arabica beans. The coffee beans are from selected small South American cooperatives. The high-quality coffee beans are imported directly from Brazil, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, etc. Coopfam coffee from Minas Gerais is the dominant coffee variety in their blend. The coffee beans used are the best hand-picked coffee beans, sun-dried afterward and slowly wood-roasted. Therefore, Sant’Eustachio’s coffee has the finest coffee aroma bucket.
Besides coffee and drinks, the Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè offers traditional Italian pastries like cornetti, aragostine, and cannoli.
The coffee shop sells its branded coffee blend for home use. They sell their signature moka ground coffee, filter/French press coffee, espresso ground coffee, capsule coffee, and even decaf ground coffee and decaf capsules. Besides that, the Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè sells branded coffee treats (like coffee candies and chocolates), coffee pots (moka pots), and cups. The signature colour of the Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè is yellow. All their products come in their signature distinctive yellow color.
For me, coffee is a perfect traveler’s gift. I bought a tin of Sant’Eustachio’s coffee for the French press.
The cafe is in the Sant’Eustachio neighborhood, the rione of Rome west of the Pantheon.
The cafe and the neighborhood were named after Saint Eustace, a pagan Roman military commander who converted to Christianity and became a Christian martyr. The Sant’Eustachio Basilica was his house once. The Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè is a 1-minute walk from the Sant’Eustachio Basilica.
The Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè is located in the Piazza Sant’Eustachio No 8, near Piazza Navona and the Pantheon.
The cafe is 3 minutes from Piazza Navona and 2 minutes from the Pantheon. It is also 3 minutes from Campo de Fiori, 6 minutes from Trevi Fountain, and 8 from the Spanish Steps.
The coffee shop is open from 7.30 am to 12 am from Sunday to Friday and from 7.30 am to 1 am on Saturday. The Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè gets busy in the morning and after lunch. Thus, the best is to avoid mornings and after lunch time not to wait in a line.
If you appreciate a good coffee, take a coffee stop in the renewed Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè when strolling the heart of Rome. The Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè is a must-visit ‘destination’ for coffee enthusiasts.
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