Overall Rating: 7.050

Address: Shop number F&B1, Cape Town International Airport
Cross Street(s): Btwn Gates A3 & A4, Cape Town International Airport
City, State ZIP: Cape Town, " 7525
Phone: +27.21.934.0921
Hours: Su-Sa 7am-8pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 7.20
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Carimali
Coffee Rating: 6.90
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Illy
Cup Manufacturer: IPA
Price: $1.15
Last Update: 07/28/2010
First Reviewed: 07/28/2010
Notes: None

This Cape Town airport installment of the global Espressamente chain from Illy sits between Gates A3 & A4. Alternatively called Illy Café here, it is decorated in Espressamente modern red and silver. There are red and silver stools at tall tables and an Illy-branded parasol over several café tables. Using a two-group Carimali at the bar, they pull shots of espresso with a thinner medium brown crema with a distinctive microbubble froth. The body is slightly thin but it has a smooth, light flavor of mild spice - and none of the heavy wood you taste in Illy-branded cafés in the U.S. Served in Illy designer IPA cups for a mere R8.50. But it's relative weakness again suggests that Espressamente, and Illy, fades fast in quality outside of Europe.