Caffè Vergnano

Overall Rating: 7.750


Address: 43 E Ohio St.
Cross Street(s): N Wabash Ave., inside Eataly Chicago
City, State ZIP: Chicago, IL 60611
Neighborhood: Near North
Phone: 312.521.8700
Hours: Su-Sa 10am-10pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 7.80
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: Elektra
Coffee Rating: 7.70
Aroma: 8
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Casa del Caffè Vergnano
Cup Manufacturer: IPA
Price: $2.25
Last Update: 12/22/2013
First Reviewed: 12/20/2013
Notes: Coffee Sales

Review
This is Chicago's installment of a series of chain roasters and cafés based in Italy's Piemonte region, but with multiple locations in international locations such as London. Located on the second floor of Eataly Chicago, it's a no-frills affair with six coffee blends available for purchase and only two different kinds of prepared coffee drinks for retail purchase: an espresso and a caffè macchiato in single and doppio sizes. Not even the cappuccino makes the list here, and we admire them for sticking to their guns and ensuring it's about the coffee and not the milk. A walk-up bar service with three marble countertops in front, they use a gorgeous, chrome, three-group Elektra Belle Epoque Verticale to pull shots with an even, darker brown crema with a small heat spot. It has a heartier aroma of darker flavors with a flavor profile consisting of chocolate and some herbal pungency all in balance. Served with a packaged Caffè Vergnano 1882 biscoffee biscuit on the side, it is surprisingly better than its Italian equivalent - although we may have caught their Alba location on an off day. With a small glass of still water optionally served on the side of their logo block IPA cups.