Caffè Al Bicerin

Overall Rating: 6.600

Address: Piazza della Consolata, 5
Cross Street(s): Via della Consolata
City, State ZIP: Torino, TO 10122
Phone: +39.011.4369325
Hours: M-Sa 8:30am-7:30pm; Su 8:30am-1pm, 3:30pm-8:30pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 7.20
Barista: 6
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 9
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Faema
Coffee Rating: 6.00
Aroma: 6
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 6
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Caffè Al Bicerin
Cup Manufacturer: Schonwald
Price: $2.40
Last Update: 10/14/2007
First Reviewed: 10/14/2007
Notes: Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

Of the few real tourist traps in town, you might say that this is one of them. In an odd piazza - just behind the impressive Basilica della Consolata and just a couple blocks south of the shady street urchins along Corso Regina Margherita - this famous café is most known for its namesake drink. The bicerin is a concoction made of layers of coffee, liquid chocolate, and fior de latte (?4,50) - the latter of which is much like the cream on the Irish Coffee at Buena Vista (but with better coffee and no booze). Although they say not to stir (girare) it much, if at all, you'll end up with a chocolate bomb at the bottom. As for the café itself, it's incredibly tight on indoor space - a few tables in a wooden, mirrored, cramped room - with more spacious outdoor seating under a couple of parasols in the pleasant piazza. Using a new, two-group Faema at the bar/register, they serve espresso with a medium brown crema - mottled with a darker brown and with white heat spot. The resulting cup is a bit thin and tastes a little scorched (along with its relatively hot serving temperature). It tastes a little watery, but at its base it has a pepper flavor with a slightly ashy edge. Served with a slightly large pour with a chocolate square on the side. A highway robbery at ?1.70.