Caffe Ladro

Overall Rating: 7.200


Address: 801 Pine St.
Cross Street(s): 8th Ave.
City, State ZIP: Seattle, WA 98101
Neighborhood:
Phone: 206.405.1950
Hours: M-Th 5:30am-7pm; F 5:30am-8pm; Sa 6am-8pm; Su 6am-7pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 7.20
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 7.20
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 8
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Caffe Ladro
Cup Manufacturer: Nuova Point
Price: $2.45
Last Update: 11/19/2014
First Reviewed: 11/19/2014
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

Review
Caffe Ladro has been around in Seattle since 1994, and this downtown spot has been one of their now 14 locations for at least a decade. It resides in a corner office building with a curved, glass surface. Upstairs from the sidewalk level there is some patio seating among tables and chairs and under parasols in front. We entered on a weekday around 6pm, and it was dead save for a lone employee and a lot of disco music played on the sound system. But he was a friendly barista. Inside, beneath the large, curved panes of glass overlooking the intersection, there are squat stools along a long, black countertop. In back there's limited seating among leather chairs. The space has a high-ceilinged, loft-like feel with exposed dark wood on one wall, a darkly painted ceiling and vent ducts overhead, and some large orb-like light fixtures. Using a three-group La Marzocco Linea, they pull shots with an even, medium brown crema that's more typical of newer coffeehouses around the country. The body is a bit thin for its looks, and it tastes of spices, some pungency, some acidity, but a limited amount of sweetness or range in its flavor profile. In that sense, it reminded me of Flywheel Coffee Roasters in SF. Served in classic black Nuova Point cups with a glass of sparkling water on the side. Signature drinks include the Medici, Gibraltar, and Shakerato. Surprisingly modern for its pedigree (though they have been roasting their own only since 2011), but not necessarily in a good way.