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Caffè San Domenico

A speciality coffee pioneer and scientist at the centre of the Italian espresso renaissance movement.


Roberto Messineo, the man who started Caffè San Domenico in the small city of Sant’Antonino di Susa in Piedmont can talk for hours about his passion – coffee.

However, he does not talk about coffee as most of us know it – in a bag or in a cup. His interests and passions go much further – from the flavour of coffee as part of a botanical science, to coffee as a crop that sustains the livelihoods of the people who grow it. He is also a researcher and scientist who masters every imaginable detail of creating a perfect roast and defined taste out of a very particular coffee bean. 

Caffè San Domenico are specialists in the roasting of single origin and rare coffee beans. They were the first in Italy to roast Kopi Luwak (known to be the most expensive coffee in the world) and have perfected their roast of coffee Grand Crus such as Kopi Toraia, Nepal Mount Everest Supreme, Jamaica Blue Mountain and Kona Hawaii.

Roberto Messineo’s interest in coffee origins led to a successful partnership with the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity. Caffè San Domenico is among a handful of roasters who work with agricultural coffee cooperatives under the Slow Food Foundation patronage. Their aim is for those communities to grow responsibly and sustain high quality crops of unique coffee varietals. Each of these coffees are called a „Slow Food Coffee Presidium“. The „Slow Food Presidiums“ are cultural and social projects aiming to create a direct supply chain from grower to roaster, improving the livelihood of the agricultural communities and creating awareness among consumers of the realities at the origin of coffee.

Roberto Messineo has helped identify the valuable and endangered coffee varietals that constitute the Slow Food Presidiums, establish quality standards for the green coffee and, based on meticulous research, elaborated roasting specification for these coffees.

There are 3 „Slow Food Coffee Presidium“ coffees, all available from Caffè San Domenico – Heuhuetenango Highland Coffee Guatemala, Harenna Forest Wild Coffee Ethiopia, and Camapara Mountain Coffee Honduras.

This partnership reaches the public at the historical café Stratta in Turin, where Caffè San Domenico’s roast of the wild coffee variety of Harenna Forest in Ethiopia is the house coffee. This makes their espresso there exquisite and unique.

 
The scientific nature of Roberto Messineo’s research drove him to participate in innovative projects around coffee preparation and brought him a very particular clientele. Davide Scabin, the 2-starred Michelin chef, owner of restaurant Combal.Zero at Castello di Rivoli has partnered with Caffè San Domenico in order to be able to offer a coffee experience in his restaurant famed for gastronomical exploration. Roberto revealed that two notable clients of Caffé San Domenico were the popes Benedict XII and John Paul II, and they had coffee regularly delivered to the Vatican.

Roberto Messineo’s profile on Linkedin makes exceptional reading. On his profile those who have worked with Roberto, some of them authorities in the industry, frequently use in their recommendations words like „coffee guru“, „coffee roasting master“, „genius“, or „visionary“.

When it comes to the taste of the coffee, Caffè San Domenico is aiming for an authentic Italian espresso that was characteristic of 1970’s Italy: strong, of low acidity, with slight bitter notes and a very distinctive cocoa flavour. 

As a true artisan of blending and roasting, Roberto Messineo doesn’t shy away from using a careful dose of Robusta in an espresso blend. As opposed to many new wave roasters, Caffè San Domenico are experienced enough to know that a great Robusta coffee can achieve impressive heights and bring great depth of taste if used correctly in a blend. 
Roasting at Caffè San Domenico is also spectacular. Roberto Messineo “fires up” the roaster in the most authentic way possible using a birch wood flame as he believes this the most appropriate for obtaining the special qualities he is after.

With their unique philosophy, their deep engagement with the coffee communities and a top of the range coffee portfolio, Caffè San Domenico are an honored partner of Caffè del Bar and worth the attention of the most demanding coffee connoisseurs. 
Harenna Forest

Harenna Forest

Caffè San Domenico
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Whole beans, 250g
8.5 GBP
A wild coffee from the Harenna Forest of Ethiopia.
Don Bosco

Don Bosco

Caffè San Domenico
:
Whole beans, 250g
7.2 GBP
The glorious Italian espresso tradition of the '70s.