/Pergamino Caffè, Third Wave Coffee in Rome

Pergamino Caffè, Third Wave Coffee in Rome


Wherever you go in Rome–or Italy for that matter–a cheap coffee made with beans of anonymous provenance and dubious quality is never far away. Ubiquitous espresso-based drinks are so popular because, aside from the cultural tradition and obvious addictive nature of caffeinated beverages, they are quick and cheap. They offer a morning pick-me-up or a break (or in my case 5) while working or socializing. The concepts that surround coffee culture outside of Italy–bean origin, fair trade, barista training, and proper machine maintenance–rarely come into the minds of most coffee drinkers here.

That doesn’t mean that Romans aren’t open to a better coffee made in clean machines with expertly roasted beans ground and brewed by skilled professionals. There just aren’t all that many alternatives to the status quo. This is slowly changing as a handful of the city’s restaurants and cafes choose better beans: Terre e Domus, Roscioli Caffè, most recently, Pergamino Caffè in Prati’s Piazza Risorgimento.


Named for the outer shell that covers green coffee before dry milling, Pergamino opened this summer just a hundred yards north of the Vatican walls. While they do serve food (more about that later), coffee is the main attraction and they offer espresso-based drinks, as well as filter, syphon, Aeropress, and nitro coffees. Before dismissing the latter categories as hipster shit, swing by Pergamino and chat with the totally earnest baristas who kindly and unpretentiously describe the various techniques as they grind mono-origin beans to order before transforming them into your desired drink.

If you prefer the classics, the espressi and cappuccini are delicious; expect some latte art with the latter, courtesy of training by Davide Cobelli. Meanwhile, the beans are roasted by Nicoletta Montini and Max Bonini of Torrefazione Lady Cafè, a trusted source for some of Italy’s finest restaurants, cafes and gelato shops.


If you visit around lunchtime, you may want to eat elsewhere–Panificio Bonci and Pizzarium are both close–unless you wish to suffer the mental anguish that comes with ordering a bagel and getting a dry ring-shaped bread instead. I may consider a salad or club sandwich in the future once these wounds have healed. In the meantime, you’ll find me at the Nitro tap.

Pergamino Caffè
Piazza Risorgimento 7
+39 06 8953 3745
Open Daily 8:00am-8:00pm

2017-02-17T15:14:47+00:00 September 29th, 2016|Categories: Culture, Food & Wine, Restaurants in Rome, Rome & Lazio|Tags: |8 Comments


  1. Steve Berke September 29, 2016 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    Oh no! Not you too, Katie?! This “third wave” stuff has totally infected San Francisco and New York. Its light (i.e., under) roasted beans are touted for their flavor “notes,”” bouquet,” provenance and other ridiculous wine analogs and, most importantly, do not taste good at all. Just because the youth/hipsters seem to like it does not mean it is good, and certainly not an improvement to a classic Rome caffe. Almost the only places left in San Francisco to get a good coffee (espresso or drip) are Illy and reliable old Peets. One of the bicoastal offenders is Blue Bottle; in their Chelsea location in NYC I had the “pleasure” of watching a couple of youths behind the bar, wielding instant thermometers and timers to get it “just right.” A joke. It does not taste good, and no amount of brewing care or cazzate can cure that.

    • Dario October 7, 2016 at 7:46 am - Reply

      I think I love you Steve!

  2. Dario September 30, 2016 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    I’ll stick to a good old Roman caffé normale … sounds a little too Seattle to me.

  3. Ian October 2, 2016 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the recommendation. This City needs more quality coffee as there is way too much medicore stuff out there. Tram Depot on Via Marmorata is my local for excellent third Wave Coffee. If I’m ever in Prati I’ll check this place out.

  4. Coral (Curious Appetite) October 5, 2016 at 8:05 am - Reply

    Haha to Dario’s comment only because I’m from Seattle but ultimately a shame to be so stuck in tradition, shun innovation that you’d miss out on better quality. I’ve always thought that, coming from a bastion of specialty coffee of the US, that Italy’s coffee is exactly as you described- more of a ritual (albeit of poorly pulled espresso, burnt milk, roulette of bean provenance and careless roasting) than a craft product. Glad to see Rome is taking advantage of this wave (I mean, they have the water for it!)

  5. Ryan October 21, 2016 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    My wife mentioned her love of nitro cold brew while we were on a tour with Katie and she brought us over to this location. We are so glad she did! Although we enjoy the traditional Italian espresso (as we demonstrated multiple times a day in Rome), we still came back to Pergamino Caffè two more times over the next week to get in our nitro cold brew fix. Their nitro cold brew is better than most that we find in the US.

  6. Desiree December 5, 2016 at 6:49 am - Reply

    Eating bagels anywhere other than the NY/NJ area? Lol. C’mon!

    • Katie Parla December 5, 2016 at 6:51 am - Reply

      what can i say? im desperate.

      montreal bagels are delicious

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