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La Sosta Specialty Coffee

Roaster in Florence

La Sosta Specialty Coffee is a specialty roastery located just outside of Florence. Owner and head roaster Simone Guidi spent several years working in different Tuscany specialty coffee roasteries and a year in Melbourne where he learnt and collaborated with Genovese & Sons, a pioneer in the Australian coffee scene. Simone brings an international flare to his roastery and opens to the public on Saturday's where you can learn, taste and experience everything to do with specialty coffee.

La Sosta Specialty Coffee is less a 15 minute drive south from the centre of Florence or a 30 minute trip on the bus.

La Sosta Specialty Coffee roaster in Florence, Italy
Updated 18 May 2021

In-store brew methods

  • Espresso?The iconic Italian espresso method uses a machine to force near-boiling water at high pressure through finely ground coffee and a portafilter.
    Espresso brewed coffee produces concentrated, rich flavours with crema on top.
  • Pour-over?The pour-over method uses a cone-shaped dripper with a paper filter. Near-boiling water is poured over medium-coarse ground coffee and passes through the paper filter. Different thicknesses of filter paper removes the coffee oils.
    Pour-over brewed coffee produces a cleaner taste with less bitterness.


  • Buy specialty coffee in-store
  • Buy coffee equipment in-store
  • Indoor seating

Roaster information

Coffee type: only sells specialty coffee
Business type: independent, owner-operated
Established: 2016
Selling specialty since: 2016

Roasting and origin information

Packaged coffee available: whole beans
Roasting profile: omni-roast?A roasting profile for specific brew methods is when the roast is made specifically for espresso or for filter coffee. In general, a roasting profile for espresso is slightly darker than a roasting profile for filtered coffee.
A roasting profile for omni-roast is when a single roast is made for more than one brew method, such as for both espresso and filter coffee.
La Sosta Specialty Coffee primarily roasts an omni-roast profile.
Tasting notes: brief tasting notes?Tasting notes are a flavour guide provided by the roaster that describe the taste of the roasted coffee when brewed.
Some roasters provide descriptive tasting notes, many provide brief tasting notes such as a list of similar flavours whereas others do not provide any tasting notes.
La Sosta Specialty Coffee tends to provide brief tasting notes.
Coffee estate: descriptive information?Coffee estate information is a description of the location where the green coffee beans were cultivated and the families involved.
Some roasters include detailed information of the estate, many include brief information whereas other roasters include minimal or no information.
La Sosta Specialty Coffee tends to include descriptive information about the coffee estate.
Cupping score: always provided?A cupping score is a quality rating determined by assessing the characteristics of the coffee. Sensory attributes such as the coffee's aroma, flavour, sweetness, acidity, body, and more, are used to determine the score. A cupping score from 80 to 100 is considered specialty coffee.
A few roasters include the cupping score for all of their coffees, others include it for some of their coffees whereas many roasters do not include a cupping score.
La Sosta Specialty Coffee tends to include cupping scores for all of their coffees.

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