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Crush the Rush - Chicago

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On August 7th, 2018, eight teams of three baristas competed for the grand prize at this brand new, ferociously fast barista battle organized by La Marzocco and hosted at our Armitage Café. The energy and excitement were through the roof! Our all-star barista team – Tony, Mackenzie, Cassie – used their mad skills and laser-like focus to calmly crush some of the best barista teams in the industry: Colectivo, Starbucks Reserve, Intelligentsia, Stumptown, Madcap Coffee and La Colombe. Each team was given the same list of 8 drinks to make – the drinks needed to be made perfectly in the...

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New at the Cafés: Matcha Latte

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Our cafés are now serving Rishi Tea Matcha Lattes. This green, powdered tea, dating back to the 10th century, has been taking the world by storm just in the last few years. Matcha was first introduced as a medical aide, but shortly after was consumed for enjoyment. Unlike brewed tea, you are actually consuming the tea leaves when drinking Matcha. Made from stone ground green tea leaves, matcha is a mood-enhancing drink that is full of antioxidants and, of course, caffeine. Traditionally, Matcha is scooped into a bowl and whisked with hot water to create a foamy texture. Using the...

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Coffee for a Cause: Negroni Week 2018 at Caffè Umbria

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Negroni Week 2018 is June 4 - June 10. The Negroni Week Blend is available for Pre-Order! Given our Italian roots, we love Campari at Caffè Umbria in all its beautiful, tasty iterations, so we were very excited when given the opportunity to create a coffee blend for Negroni Week! It was a bit of a challenge to create a coffee that captures the essence and taste of this iconic and familiar cocktail – bitter, sweet, herbaceous and citrusy. We chose the Mexico for the bitter-sweet taste and the Kenya for its citrusy aroma. We roasted the coffee medium-light to bring out the...

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Featured: Mocha Martorana

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Our brand new Caffè Umbria Mocha Martorana, inspired by the Southern Italian treat made of Marzipan. Made with our Gusto Crema Espresso, almond-infused Pernigotti chocolate sauce, and steamed milk, the Mocha Martorana is a refreshing twist on a beloved classic coffee drink.

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Caffè Umbria Artisan Coffee Roaster Opens New Chicago Hub

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Roastery, Café and Training Lab Now Open in Chicago’s Logan Square A bold modern coffee experience is now available in Chicago’s Logan Square - a roastery, coffee training lab and café opened in December 2017, serving the same Caffè Umbria coffees Chicagoland has come to love, in a new and splashy space. The  9,000 square foot Armitage Avenue Car Barn has been transformed to offer a trio of coffee experiences. Working with Studio Modernista, our newest opening shows a creative use of space and materials, incorporating coffee shipping containers into the design.     The 2,500 square foot roastery houses a red, 30 kg Italian-made STA roaster...

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