Lavazza

Overall Rating: 7.800


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 8am-11pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 7.80
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Cimbali
Coffee Rating: 7.80
Aroma: 8
Body: 8
Brightness: 7
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: S
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Lavazza
Cup Manufacturer: IPA
Price: $2.00
Last Update: 12/22/2013
First Reviewed: 12/22/2013
Notes: Coffee Sales

Review
Lavazza is no stranger to Chicago, so it's a little odd that they were chosen as one of two coffee purveyors in Eataly Chicago. Especially since Eataly was founded on small, local purveyors within the radar of the Slow Food movement, and Lavazza is the largest coffee distributor in Italy. Perhaps its the common Torino roots between Eataly and Lavazza that influenced the exception. Located next to the Nutella crÍpe bar on first floor of Eataly Chicago, they offer decorative baked items in addition to a hot and cold "Dolcezze Lavazza" specialty drinks menu. They offer seating along a curved window counter in the main corner of Eataly Chicago. Using dueling three-group La Cimbali machines, they pull shots with a mottled medium brown crema. They serve them properly short - but not too strongly flavored of a fresher Lavazza flavor profile of toasted spices and pungency. For milk-frothing, they produce a rich and creamy microform with token latte art. Surprisingly rather solid.