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1) From: Sandy Andina
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Just returned from Long Island, where restaurant espresso (even at  
the posh Garden City Hotel) was execrable.  Went to my neighborhood  
Chicago Italian restaurant, Calo, last night. Wasn't going to order  
espresso for the foregoing reason--then, out of the corner of my eye  
I saw a 2-group LaMarzocco and a Mazzer SJ next to a Fetco brewer.  
Hmmm....Saw the bartender/barista run the grinder, fill the PF, use a  
metal tamper and lock & load.
The espresso arrived in Lavazza cups, as ristretto, with thick red- 
gold crema. Eschewed the proffered lemon rind and sugar and sipped.  
Very, very good.  Asked if the beans were local (Intelly or  
Metropolis?) because they seemed to be quite fresh. No, the waitress  
said, Lavazza--which they get weekly from Boston in 2-lb. bags.
Other good Chicago restaurant espresso:  Trattoria D.O.C. in Evanston  
(last time I checked, they used Illy beans); and Trattoria Bocca  
Della Verita in Lincoln Square, which has been buying Seattle's Caffe  
d'Arte Firenze light-roast blend for nearly a decade.  And I  
understand One-Sixty-Blue at the w. end of Randolph St.'s Restaurant  
Row uses Intelligentsia Black Cat.
OTOH, Spiaggia and Everest (four stars, unbelievable food, int'l  
reputation) use pods and/or  capsules. Tsk, tsk, tsk
Sandy Andina
www.sandyandina.com
www.myspace.com/sandyandina
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Just returned from Long Island, =
where restaurant espresso (even at the posh Garden City Hotel) was =
execrable.  Went to my neighborhood Chicago Italian restaurant, Calo, =
last night. Wasn't going to order espresso for the foregoing =
reason--then, out of the corner of my eye I saw a 2-group LaMarzocco and =
a Mazzer SJ next to a Fetco brewer. Hmmm....Saw the bartender/barista =
run the grinder, fill the PF, use a metal tamper and lock & =
load. The espresso arrived in Lavazza cups, as ristretto, with =
thick red-gold crema. Eschewed the proffered lemon rind and sugar and =
sipped. Very, very good.  Asked if the beans were local (Intelly or =
Metropolis?) because they seemed to be quite fresh. No, the waitress =
said, Lavazza--which they get weekly from Boston in 2-lb. =
bags.  Other good Chicago restaurant espresso:  =
Trattoria D.O.C. in Evanston (last time I checked, they used Illy =
beans); and Trattoria Bocca Della Verita in Lincoln Square, which has =
been buying Seattle's Caffe d'Arte Firenze light-roast blend for nearly =
a decade.  And I understand One-Sixty-Blue at the w. end of Randolph =
St.'s Restaurant Row uses Intelligentsia Black Cat.OTOH, =
Spiaggia and Everest (four stars, unbelievable food, int'l reputation) =
use pods and/or  capsules. Tsk, tsk, tsk
 Sandy =
Andinawww.sandyandina.comwww.myspace.com/sandyandina=


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