Antigua Tazza D’Oro Is A Great Coffee Shop In Rome

Antigua Tazza D’Oro is an authentic Italian coffee from Rome with an amazing coffee shop near the Pantheon that you should try for a quick burst of energy.

Antigua Tazza D’Oro - Tazzina

When you are in Rome for the first time, it is likely that you will make a visit to the Pantheon. When you do, if you are also feeling like you need a boost of energy, you definitely should grab a quick espresso at the famous Tazza D’Oro Coffee shop. This coffee roaster was established in 1944 and is the only artisan roaster remaining in the heart of the historic center of Rome.

The bar is more formally known as: La Casa del Caffè al Pantheon, which was founded in 1946 as a place for tasting their different blends and is known for having what they believe is the best coffee in the world. 

Years ago, we had a business that sold Italian coffee in the US, and we learned through our customer feedback that the popularity of this coffee is an example of people wanting to enjoy their Roman experiences again, but after returning home from their amazing vacation. 

Antigua Tazza D’Oro - Barista

Where Is Antigua Tazza D’Oro Coffee Shop?

The bar is conveniently located near the Pantheon and it is a definite must if you want to try authentic Italian coffee. It is located at: Via degli Orfani, 84, which is behind you when you are looking at the front of the Pantheon from the fountain. Turn around and head to the small street in the right hand corner of the piazza.

How Is The Coffee At Antigua Tazza D’Oro Coffee Bar?

You won’t find anything more authentically Italian in Rome than this coffee bar, so I strongly recommend giving it a try. I usually take my coffee “black”, so as you might expect, I like it pretty strong. The Tazza D’Oro coffee has a lot of flavor, but I wouldn’t call it very strong. I would say that the roast is well balanced with a goal of attracting a very wide international audience, which it does. I enjoy it very much and I can understand why it is so popular, but my daily cup is from another roaster.

What Can I Buy At Antigua Tazza D’Oro?

In addition to some delicious, freshly brewed coffee, there are also a wide range of things you can bring home with you, should you desire. Coffee beans are available in soft packs, cans, jute bags and capsules. In addition, the beans can be ground to different levels of fineness for different uses, like:

  • American-style Filtered Coffee Grind

  • Italian Moka Grind

  • French Press Grind

  • Turkish Grind

In addition to the coffee, you can also buy candies, coffee liqueur, espresso cups, Espresso makers and various designs as well as gift packs of these products for the coffee lover at home. 

Antigua Tazza D’Oro - Saucer

What Is Tazza D’Oro In English?

Tazza means cup and Oro means gold, so you should read Tazza D’Oro as a Cup of Gold or a Golden Cup. This color theme runs through their branding quite a bit. Gold is part of their logo, signs and they even sell porcelain coffee cups that are gold colored.

What Is The Difference Between Italian And American Coffee Culture?

On a personal level, the biggest difference I have noticed and embraced is how much and how frequently the coffee is consumed. When I lived in the US, I would typically brew a pot of coffee that I would consume with my breakfast. If need be, I would bring the coffee to work with me in the car. After this morning’s jolt, I would rarely have more coffee because it would upset my sleep. 

In Italy, the morning starts with an espresso, but not the full day’s supply. A bit to get you going with the expectation of more to come. Having an espresso break mid-morning is common, as well as after lunch, in the afternoon and after dinner. Spreading it out like this, for some reason I can’t explain, doesn’t affect my sleep, but it does give me that boost of energy throughout the day.

There is also a social aspect to having coffee during the day that is less common in the US. Morning and afternoon breaks are used to step away from work and have a relaxed chat. In the US, my experience of sitting around, having coffee and chatting has been limited to my relatives that are retired going to a diner with friends or young people on a first, “safe” date. 

Antigua Tazza D’Oro - Front

More Coffee Bar Experiences

Antigua Tazza D’Oro Coffee shop is only one of an almost endless supply of amazing coffee roasters in Italy and I plan to visit more future favorites. If you are interested in learning more about the Italian coffee culture and delicious opportunities to experience it, check out some of our other posts:

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