Caffè Artigiano

Overall Rating: 8.800

Address: 1101 West Pender St.
Cross Street(s): Thurlow St., at the Marriott
City, State ZIP: Vancouver, BC V6E 2P4
Neighborhood: Downtown
Phone: 604.685.5333
Hours: M-Su 6am-4pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 8.80
Barista: 9
Savvy: 10
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 8.80
Aroma: 9
Body: 9
Brightness: 8
Crema: 9
Flavor: 9
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Vanilla-like
Coffee Beans: Intelligentsia
Cup Manufacturer: Heutschenreuther
Price: $1.50
Last Update: 10/17/2003
First Reviewed: 10/17/2003
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

Busy and always crowded, this Tuscan-styled, downtown café brings in latte lovers from all over town. Italian music and panini grills, but make no mistake: this is an espresso Mecca. Chicago's Intelligentsia custom roasts their coffee under an exclusive Canadian licensing agreement. The pride in their latte art extends to the pictures hanging on their walls (with artist names and dates). Exquisite cappuccino, and their espresso - served as a doppio ristretto for $2 CAN by default - is at least as impressive. They define artisan espresso. Their baristas show a sense of humor and will apologize for the time they take to manually grind the coffee to order - and to toss out any substandard shots. Timing every shot (ristrettos are a standard 25 sec), they serve espresso with a generous layer of even, rich, dark brown crema. A rich, smooth, and silky nectar with a roast flavor of smoke, tobacco, and a vanilla sweetness in its finish. It requires no sugar for sweetness. Served in logo Hutschenreuther cups.