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Caffe' Conte, Padova: 2 reviews and 2 photos

  Sandra Conte takes good care of us...
by mapakettle

Ma Kettle and I had been in Italy for over five months, and were missing our regular North American style coffee. For years, we had purchased coffee from the specialty shops in Canada, and had become accustomed to the fuller, more robust roasts that Maxwell House didn't offer.

It wasn't the strength, or the flavour of coffee here, but the method of brewing that we didn't care for.

Italy's espresso we just found too thick, plus we liked 'lingering' over a cup of coffee. This lingering, and inhaling the wonderful aroma is the joy that coffee drinkers in North America have grown to appreciate from this strange brown bean.

We just couldn't get into the fast, almost furious slurping of espresso while standing at the counter in our neighborhood bar.

What to buy: Almost by chance one day, we commented to one another about a shop on Sacro Cuore that was set back from the sidewalk. We had walked past this place countless times, but never really gave it any mind. This day the door was open, and we noticed an elderly lady sitting in a chair beside the entrance.

Feeling a bit adventurous, we wandered over, hoping it was a shop and not a private home. To our surprise, it was a shop, and it sold coffee beans. Almost thinking it was too good to be true, we questioned Sandra Conte, the lady behind the counter, if she had anything besides espresso. She did, and we became the proud owners of a bright yellow bag of an African blend of coffee beans.

Sandra then introduced us to her mother Ida, the lady sitting in the chair, who, with her husband, opened this same shop 'FIFTY' years earlier.

Ida still takes an active part in the business, greeting customers as they enter, while her daughter Sandra answers all questions regarding the blends she offers,. and grinds it to the customers specifications.

What to pay: I purchased two large bags of specialty beans yesterday, and paid 13 euro. Who knows if it is an average price, I do know that we now drink coffee the way we prefer to drink coffee.

Freshly ground, freshly brewed, using the basket from the electric drip machine that we had purchased upon arrival in Italy, but had lasted only two weeks prior to going up in smoke. We have to continually source our filters, and buy everything we can when found. Our method of brewing may not look pretty, but it works.

Address: SNC Via Sacro Cuore 25, Padova
Directions: This family run establishment has existed on this same spot for fifty years...unbelievable.
Phone: 049-600421
Theme: Other

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 24, 2004
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