Espression by Lavazza

Overall Rating: 7.100

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

Address: 121 N. Clinton St.
Cross Street(s): Randolph St., at the Metra Market and Rail Station
City, State ZIP: Chicago, IL 60661
Neighborhood: West Loop
Phone: 312.207.0500
Hours: M-F 6am-7:30pm; Sa 8am-4pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 7.20
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: WEGA
Coffee Rating: 7.00
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Lavazza
Cup Manufacturer: IPA
Price: $2.00
Last Update: 04/29/2014
First Reviewed: 04/29/2014
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales

This location of the Lavazza Esspresion chain sits inside the mall-like Metra Market, catering primarily to commuters who arrive from/leave for Chicago's various suburbs. It's an L-shaped space, covered some merchandising, Lavazza design photography, and with seating in back among a few designer café tables. Using a three-group WEGA at the bar, they pull shots of espresso that are a bit tepid in appearance, flavor, and body: a basic, even, medium brown crema on the pale side with flavors of mild spices and wood. Adequate but not reaching for much more. [CLOSED Dec 2014 when lease ended due to being unprofitable.]