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​Caffè Letterario delle Erbe

Genova
Lavazza
On a warm autumn evening we stopped at Piazza delle Erbe in Genova. We arrived and Caffè Letterario delle Erbe was still closed, but, once opened, within about 30 minutes the whole Piazza had undergone a metamorphosis. The whole square came to life with a young crowd enjoying each others company and the early evening warmth.

Caffè Letterario delle Erbe seemed typically Genovese, inside it was dark and atmospheric with an eclectic charm. As the name would suggest, this is a literary place, with walls filled with old books that are so much a feature of the space that they have become a part of the architecture itself. This is a tribute to the former antique bookshop that existed there until the Caffè Letterario took over. The inside seating is an invitation to sit and read good book while enjoying your drink. It is truly commendable how the place remained true to their literary heritage - they’re frequently organising evening events featuring live musicians and readings by up and coming authors.

As with much of old Genova nothing is flat or perpendicular - everything seems to be leaning at an angle. However, our barista was meticulous and precise with our espresso in a way that can only come with care and experience. The baristas use here expertly a high-quality Lavazza blend, which has brought to Caffè Letterario an enviable 2 “coffee beans” score out of 3 from Gambero Rosso Bar d’Italia 2014.

Caffè Letterario delle Erbe, Piazza dell'Erbe, 25, 16123 Genova.

Puro Arabica Kenya AA Washed

Puro Arabica Kenya AA Washed

La Genovese
:
Whole beans, 250g
6.2 GBP
A coffee of intense fragrance, velvety body, a peculiar and exquisite acidity.
Kafa

Kafa

Lavazza
:
Whole beans, 250g
6.2 GBP
Kafa is a wild Arabica coffee picked by hand from the depths of the biosphere reserve of the Kafa Forest.
Tierra Intenso

Tierra Intenso

Lavazza
:
Whole beans, 1kg
22.1 GBP
A blend of high quality Arabica coffees, with an intense aroma and chocolate notes.