Casa del Caffè Vergnano

Overall Rating: 7.450

Address: Via Cavour, 11
Cross Street(s): Via S. Toppino
City, State ZIP: Alba, CN 12051
Phone: +39.0173.33748
Hours: M-Sa 7am-7pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 7.80
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Elektra
Coffee Rating: 7.10
Aroma: 8
Body: 6
Brightness: 7
Crema: 8
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Casa del Caffè Vergnano
Cup Manufacturer: Club House
Price: $1.25
Last Update: 10/06/2007
First Reviewed: 10/06/2007
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

Alba's installment of a series of chain roasters and cafés - based in Torino province, but with multiple locations even in London. Past the bags of unroasted beans in front with a large Petroncini roaster, you follow an unusual custom for this area but common for most of Italy: paying first at the register ('la cassa'). At the bar they have dueling two-group Elektra machines. Particularly popular with weekend tourists, there's interior seating and more traditional café service beyond it. They serve espresso with a decent, coagulated layer of medium brown crema - albeit somewhat thin in size. The thin body in the cup, however, doesn't hold up as well. With a flavor of medium spices. Local roasting isn't apparently everything. ?0.90.