Caffè Umbria

Overall Rating: 7.650

Address: 320 Occidental Ave. S
Cross Street(s): Btwn Main & S Jackson Sts., in the Occidental Mall
City, State ZIP: Seattle, WA 98104
Neighborhood: Pioneer Square
Phone: 206.624.5847
Hours: M-F 6am-6pm; Sa 7am-6pm; Su 8am-5pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 8.20
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 9
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: Nuova Simonelli
Coffee Rating: 7.10
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 8
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Vanilla-like
Coffee Beans: Caffè Umbria
Cup Manufacturer: IPA
Price: $1.75
Last Update: 05/17/2010
First Reviewed: 05/17/2010
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

This roaster uses this location as its flagship retail store, and with good reason. In 1986, Ornello Bizzarri of Torrefazione Italia fame established this site as a family roastery. Today, his grandson Emanuele roasts for Caffè Umbria. It's an old brick storefront in Seattle's historical Pioneer Square. They offer a bit of outdoor table seating along the "grand piazza" out front. Inside it's grand café style - albeit a shade less ornate than SF's Emporio Rulli. The interior is supported by reinforced brick with tall windows and stool seating at them. There are many tables inside the large space, each under decorative light fixtures. Old Italian b&w photographs from the family adorn the walls and a showcase Vittoria roaster sits in the back near the big screen TV. The place is generally quiet and light on crowds (it has a heavy tourist base). It has an extensive Italian-style espresso bar, where they also serve wine and gelato from Gelatiamo. Behind the bar are two-group and three-group Nuova Simonelli Aurelia machines, and they use their Gusto Crema blend to pull shots. It's served as a taller shot in a tall IPA logo cup - which are well-designed to accentuate the crema, a medium brown crema with darker flecks. It has a very subtle flavor - a soft chantilly cream or even marshmallow predominantly, with a hint of some of the spice, pepper, wood, and herbal notes of a typical espresso in the background. This is the direct opposite of a bitter espresso, but its thinner body and muted flavor keep it from standing out. Served with a Fondente chocolate on the side. The barista also creates some simple latte art.