In Italy, coffee is notoriously recognized as an art form. Its essence is crafted through the skilled hands of the baristas and breathed in by consumers like religion. On the corner of one of Florence’s quaint side streets lies a cafe whose brews hold no exception.
Opened in 2013, Ditta Artigianale is part of a new breed of coffee shops popping up all over Italy. The consumer conscious microbrewery has managed to maintain the essence of the Italian coffee tradition while emerging into the modern day coffee shop era. Think places like Starbucks or your local cafe where it's the norm to bring a laptop or book and loiter around for hours- something otherwise typically frowned upon in Italy. Artigianale is one of the newer genres that invites its patrons to pull up a seat and stay a while.
The cafe is filled with light and the morning buzz as we go for our first caffeine dose of the day. Brimming with the various crowds of locals, writers, caffeine addicts, gossiping elderly women and the lucky tourists who stumble across it, it’s not hard to see why this place has become so popular. The homey atmosphere is adorned with bookshelves filled with eclectic novels and magazines, comfortable beige padded booths and wooden floors and tables. Sitting in the cozy space feels like pulling up a chair your second home- only flooded with the hum of espresso machines, spritzing of steaming milk, wafts of local coffee and the soft chatter of its patrons.
You can't buy happiness, but you can buy coffee. And that's kind of the same thing.
In the morning, coffee goers can be seen accompanied by plates of steaming eggs and pancetta, various hot breakfast sandwiches and flakey, baked goods. In the later hours of the day, Artigianale becomes a place to stop after work and have the necessary “aperitivo” or Italian happy hour, when the coffee bar morphs into their fully stocked Gin Bar.
This local hot spot may be small, but that is no testament to the impact it is making in the coffee world. All beans are locally sourced from micro companies and are consumed within a month. Taking note from its partner, Caffee Corsini in Arezzo, Artigianale utilizes the best coffee instruments on the market; like Marzocco- a technologically advanced coffee machine, a Brambati micro-roasting machine whose turn around is 5 kilos per session and the high end coffee extraction tools from Japan’s Hario, for when you feel like getting fancy with your caffeine.
This little cafe is beautifully taking the Florentine coffee scene into modern times while still remaining true to Italian roots- and we have no problem doing a humble brag for the charming, consumer conscious, high quality coffee abode. From the food to the drinks and yes, to the incredible coffee, make sure Artigianale is your next Florentine stop when you feel like taking a moment to slow down with your cappuccino.
Via dei Neri, 32/R, 50122 Firenze, Italy
Sunday - Thursday: 8 am - 10 pm
Friday: 8 am - 12 am
Saturday: 9:30 am - 12 am
+39 055 274 1541