Divino Cafè

Overall Rating: 7.700

Address: Via Erasmo di Lustro, 6
Cross Street(s): Btwn Via Matteo Verde & Via Cristoforo Colombo
City, State ZIP: Forio d'Ischia, 80075
Neighborhood: Forio d'Ischia
Phone: +39.081.989208
Hours: Su-Sa 6am-11pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 7.80
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La San Marco
Coffee Rating: 7.60
Aroma: 7
Body: 8
Brightness: 7
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Lavazza
Cup Manufacturer: Cup & Saucer
Price: $1.35
Last Update: 10/13/2013
First Reviewed: 10/13/2013
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

The town of Forio on Ischia's west coast has about 17,000 inhabitants and faces a wide-open Tyrrhenian Sea. Because of its exposed location, it boasts numerous coastal watchtowers dating back to the Middle Ages as protection against invading Saracen and African pirates. By the 1950s, the marauding pirates were replaced by an invasion of marauding artists, turning Forio into something of a global artists' retreat. Rape and pillage comes in many forms. But it remains a beautiful location. There are narrow streets, working painters and ceramic workshops, gorgeous views of the volcanic rocks and sea, and Saracen architectural details dating back to some of its earliest invaders. Divino Cafè resides near the center of town on a (mostly) pedestrian walkway between fashionable shops and restaurants -- with the occasional disturbing breast-implant disaster parading by. It's a rather small space with a couple of tables in front, an angular serving bar, and a semi-private upstairs lounge (when open). Unlike most coffee shops in the area, they proudly brand themselves with the decidedly not-local Lavazza. Like a number of cafés around Napoli, they proudly offer their own version of the zucchero-crema (literally, "sugar-cream") -- or their Cremina di Caffè -- to optionally add a formulated syrupy sweetness to their espresso drinks. And the list of coffee drinks involving their cremina di caffè is long. Sticking to the basics for review purposes here, they use a three-group La San Marco lever machine to pull shots with an even, medium brown crema. It has a pungent flavor that's a bit narrow, and its served in Lavazza-logo cups from Cup & Saucer. Rated two chicchi and one tazzina in the 2014 Bar d'Italia. ?1.