Intelligentsia

Overall Rating: 8.800


Address: 53 E. Randolph St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Michigan & Wabash Aves.
City, State ZIP: Chicago, IL 60601
Neighborhood: Loop
Phone: 312.920.9332
Hours: M-Th 6:30am-8pm; F 6:30am-9pm; Sa 7am-9pm: Su 7am-7pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 9.00
Barista: 9
Savvy: 9
Ambiance: 9
Presentation: 9
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: Synesso
Coffee Rating: 8.60
Aroma: 9
Body: 8
Brightness: 8
Crema: 8
Flavor: 9
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: S
Primary Taste: Syrup-like
Coffee Beans: Intelligentsia
Cup Manufacturer: ACF
Price: $2.75
Last Update: 12/27/2015
First Reviewed: 12/22/2007
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales

Review
This more recent addition to the Intelligentsia chain is known as the Millennium Park store. Inside there's a bit of space, but little of it dedicated to seating: mostly a wall of colorful bags of roasted coffee, few tables (mostly counter seating and one giant, shared table in the center), and a relatively generous-sized serving area. Their dueling orange FB70s were replaced by a single three-group Synesso. They also upgraded their serving area bar to something longer and wooden to handle their various single origin espresso, Hario drip bar, and Chemex offerings. (They also once had a Clover and offered the single origin varietals to go along with it.) No longer writing your drink order on a mini-blackboard, it's all electronic point of sale now. They pull short espresso shots with a richly textured, medium-to-dark brown crema of modest thickness. It has an intensely robust aroma, with a sweet flavor of molasses and almost syrup-like qualities. Lives up to the Intelligentsia standard, as does the restrained but well-crafted milk frothing.