Best Neapolitan coffees are not touristy; this coffee is served with 3C’s: “COMM, CAZZ, COCE” (DAMN F*!KIN HOT). Coffee is taken with three C’s and in Naples you say “cazz e comm coce,” while in Veneto the three C’s take on a different meaning: “Warm, Comfortable and Corretto” as is a shot of espresso with a small amount of liquor.
Comfortable? Coffee in Naples is not comfortable, it is a stop & go, a small and fast parenthesis in our stressful day.
“Corretto”? In Naples? NEVER!
- (HELLO HOW ARE YOU? WELL, THANKS AND YOU? LET’S GET A COFFEE…
- (HI, WE HAVEN’T SEEN EACH OTHER IN A WHILE, WHEN SHOULD WE MEET TO GRAB A COFFEE???
- EXCUSE ME SIR I’M UNEMPLOYED, I HAVE 3 CHILDREN AND A WIFE, COULD YOU GIVE ME € 1 FOR A COFFEE?)
These are the words that hold the meaning of Neapolitan coffee; a meaning that goes beyond the nectar of the gods. Coffee, or a coffee break, is just an excuse to quickly catch up with a friend – whether it be an acquaintance or a stranger. Coffee is never denied to anyone; coffee is made to be shared. And therefore, as my favorite writer, Luciano De Crescenzo, in his book “Caffe Sospeso” (Suspended Coffee), says: “when a Neapolitan is happy for some reason he decides to offer coffee to a stranger because it is as if he offered coffee to the rest of the world.”
In Naples, coffee is REALLY cheap, 70 – 80 cents, so it is a good habit for Neapolitan Gentlemen to arrive at the bar and pay for two coffees: one for themselves and one for those who could not afford it – coffee is treated as a right for everyone. Below are my favorite coffee spots in Naples… maybe, one day we can discuss with our coffee in between us, in Naples, of course:
Coffee par excellence! Bar Mexico has been the point of reference for the real Neapolitan espresso for years! Here the famous Passalacqua mixture, ground in front of you, and served already sweetened and in a boiling cup.
Address: Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi, 72; Piazza Dante, 86, Via Alessandro Scarlatti, 69 (my personal favorite)
CAFFE’ DEL PROFESSORE:
From the hazelnut coffee to the coffee with cream, the kinder coffee, cream and cocoa, and the Nutella coffee, there are 60 coffee variants available. The “Caffe del Professore” is an unmissable stop for both Neapolitans and tourists.
Address: Piazza Trieste e Trento, 46
CAFE’ DO BRASIL:
It is the most famous and oldest café in Vomero. At Caffè do Brasil, espresso is served as tradition dictates: in a hot and already sweetened cup.
Address: Via Luca Giordano, 31
EXYTUS CAFFE’ – POZZUOLI:
In the center of Pozzuoli, a few steps from the ferries, on the corner of the Corso della Repubblica in an alleyway, this small kiosk serves a really good coffee with a priceless sugar cream.
Address: Corso Della Repubblica, 126, Pozzuoli.
BAR DELLA CONCHIGLIA
Historic city bar, a symbol for the new and old nightlife. Excellent coffee, ,served in a hot cup and with a personalized blend – yes you can add sugar!
Address: Corso Giuseppe Garibalidi, 57
BAR DELLE ROSE:
Last of the list, but first for authenticity and overall goodness. Antonio (or rather Tonino) is the master of coffee – from his “machinetta” (coffee machine) the coffee comes out in drops already sweetened right into the damn-hot cup. It’s a MUST, his coffee is roasted and burned to perfection.
Address: Via Libertà, 198, Portici
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