Black Tea in Roma
This post is less about an actual tea and more about the process of ordering at a caffè or bar in Roma. It’s quite a bit different than in the States. But first, some backstory.
So I’ve already talked about how Roma is really a coffee kind of town. But yesterday, while wandering around downtown, I saw a sign that said “Tea Room Inside”! Naturally, I got excited. Upon entrance though I discovered it was really just a regular old bar (which means they sell coffee, drinks, pastries, even food). It was a nice bar though – I asked for tea and was given a solid cup of black tea. And this is what I mean by cup:
In Italia, you actually first pay and then take your receipt to the bar and tell them what you want. (I didn’t do this because I didn’t know what they had). It’s normal to leave about a 5 euro cent tip. Proportions here (at least in terms of coffee) are a lot smaller. You don’t get a Venti White Chocolate Mocha with three shots of espresso…you get a shot of espresso. Straight up. There are some variations (like Caffè con Nocciola) but it’s still really strong.
The tea, labeled “Finest Quality,” was really very good for a bagged tea. I kind of think that such limited selection (i.e. none) is normal for a regular bar. I was in a different one earlier in the day to get a sandwich and I noticed some tea – black and green I think, nothing special. I’m still on the hunt for a good tea place, both to buy it loose and to have a cup!
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