Caffè Artigiano

Overall Rating: 9.200

Address: 763 Hornby St.
Cross Street(s): Georgia St.
City, State ZIP: Vancouver, BC V6Z 1S2
Neighborhood: Downtown
Phone: 604.696.9222
Hours: M-Su 6am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 9.00
Barista: 10
Savvy: 10
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 9.40
Aroma: 9
Body: 10
Brightness: 9
Crema: 10
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

Nearly identical to their nearby Pender St. location. But no fair! This rating is based on an espresso served by owner and Canadian barista champion, Sammy Piccolo. Sammy is a bundle of energy and is very eager to please. Ask for him by name to make your espresso. He produces the thickest, richest crema I've had in North America. Sammy takes a great deal of prep time to make it properly, and the result is an artistic and technical masterpiece. Rich, full, and complex flavor that's strong but not too bold: mellow smoke, spice, and tobacco tied together with a vanilla-like sweetness.