Tag Archive 'chicago_cafes'

Trip Report: Espresso in Eataly Chicago

Posted by TheShot on 23 Dec 2013 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Machine, Roasting

Six years ago we wrote about the original Eataly in Torino, Italy. Since then, Eataly crossed the Atlantic with a wildly successful New York City opening in August 2010. Earlier this month, Eataly Chicago opened — and boy, did it open. Within its first week of operation, it had to shut down for two days […]

Trip Report: La Colombe (West Loop, Chicago, IL)

Posted by TheShot on 09 May 2013 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Machine, Roasting, Starbucks

La Colombe continues to play an interesting role in the modern evolution of consumer coffee tastes. Starting in 1985 in Seattle, co-founders Todd Carmichael and Jean Philippe (JP) Iberti joined forces and decided to set up their idea for a great American roaster in Philadelphia. Which was no small risk, given that Philadelphia isn’t the […]

Trip Report: Espression by Lavazza at The Drake Hotel (Chicago, IL)

Posted by TheShot on 29 Dec 2009 | Filed under: Add Milk, Café Society, Foreign Brew

Two years ago, when we first encountered this café chain on Via Garibaldi in Torino, Italy, we had no idea how few of them exist. For one, turns out it was the only one in all of Italy. For another, there is only a dozen of them in the world. Oddly, four of them are […]

Trip Report: Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea @ Millennium Park (Chicago, IL)

Posted by TheShot on 01 Jan 2008 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Quality Issues

If Peet’s Coffee & Tea has been a slow-growth contrast to Starbucks‘ cancerous proliferation in recent years, Intelligentsia‘s expansion has been deliberately glacial. And why not? You get big, you get less selective about your coffee growers and suppliers. You start accepting employees with fewer skills and less passion about truly good coffee. And how’s […]

Reviewing Chicago take-out coffee: Know your Joe

Posted by TheShot on 08 Nov 2007 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

On the heel’s of Chicago’s informal crowning as America’s caffeine capital, today’s Chicago Tribune published an article that provided a light, unscientific, comparative review of 32 different take-out coffee offerings in the Chicago area: Know your Joe — chicagotribune.com. Instead of the single espresso, the yardstick used at CoffeeRatings.com, the Tribune based their evaluations on […]

Chicago Espresso

Posted by TheShot on 31 Dec 2005 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

Every once in a while I have the privilege of visiting some place else. Eventhough American cities are becoming more and more homogenized, not everything is a Starbucks. When it comes to espresso, Chicago has a few notable exceptions that I experienced this year. Name Address Neighborhood Espresso [info] Cafe [info] Overall [info] Intelligentsia 53 […]