Gloria Jean's Coffees

Overall Rating: 4.300

NOTE: This location is CLOSED (no longer in business).

Address: 711 Chicago Ridge Mall
Cross Street(s): 95th St. & Ridgeland Ave., in the Chicago Ridge Mall
City, State ZIP: Chicago Ridge, IL 60415
Phone: 708.636.2233
Hours: M-F 10am-9pm; Sa 10am-7pm; Su 11am-6pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 3.80
Barista: 3
Savvy: 3
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 2
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 4.80
Aroma: 3
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 3
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Gloria Jean's Coffees
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.25
Last Update: 04/22/2007
First Reviewed: 04/22/2007
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales

This odd outlet of the chain is sloppy enough to print "Gloria Gean's Coffee" (sic) on the receipt. The location, inside a shopping mall (as expected), was recently redesigned with stools, a sofa, an HDTV, and a faux fireplace. There are coffee mugs piled up everywhere. Using a four-group Cora-supplied La Spaziale machine, the pull a shot with virtually no crema. Yet there's some potency to its flavor. Even if it's a rather unpleasant ashy and tobacco mix, surprisingly something is there. With coffee particles clumped at the bottom. Why malls are always bad for espresso. [CLOSED: Whispers Coffee & Tea as of 2009]