Panera Bread

Overall Rating: 4.750

Address: 10553 S. Cicero Ave.
Cross Street(s): 105th St.
City, State ZIP: Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Phone: 708.459.5181
Hours: M-Su 6am-9pm
Type of Establishment: Bakery (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 4.50
Barista: 4
Savvy: 4
Ambiance: 5
Presentation: 5
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: Franke
Coffee Rating: 5.00
Aroma: 7
Body: 4
Brightness: 2
Crema: 7
Flavor: 5
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Distant Lands Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Other Ceramic
Price: $1.59
Last Update: 04/30/2011
First Reviewed: 04/02/2005
Notes: None

Missouri-based chain bakery changed its name in 2004 and positioned itself with a series of destination cafés with dining and free Wi-Fi Internet Despite their espresso naïveté and super-automatic, single-group Franke machine, the staff displays an awareness of customer coffee preferences. For example, they are very accommodating at serving in ceramic, rather than paper, cups (eventhough the cup will lack a saucer). They serve espresso with a surprisingly decent crema, but it lacks brightness and flavor depth. The flavor is barely distinguishable from drip coffee.