Overall Rating: 7.000

Address: 455 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr., Suite C, First Floor
Cross Street(s): In the NBC Plaza, btwn N Water & E Illinois Sts.
City, State ZIP: Chicago, IL 60611
Neighborhood: Near North
Phone: 1.312.222.9611
Hours: M-F 6am-7pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 7.20
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Cimbali
Coffee Rating: 6.80
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 6
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Illy
Cup Manufacturer: IPA
Price: $2.25
Last Update: 05/06/2013
First Reviewed: 05/06/2013
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales

Opening in April 2013 in the Chicago NBC Plaza (WMAQ), this is a typical Illy Espressamente café with red and white walls and black chairs and trim. They offer black stool seating at the front window counters and an assortment of a few black café tables throughout. The Illy branding is key, with Illy cans on display along with designer cups across the service counter. The gorgeous, chrome, three-group La Cimbali XP1 is the central star. Using it, they serve espresso shots with a thin layer of medium brown crema. It has a medium body and a typical Illy flavor profile of some mild spice and woody elements. Not outstanding, as expected, but it does the job.