Caffè Umbria, a Seattle-based Italian coffee roaster, is now open at 2545 W. Armitage Avenue in Logan Square with "trio of coffee experiences" featuring a roastery, coffee training lab and café.
Located in the former Armitage Avenue Car Barn, an early 1900s-era warehouse that used to house streetcars, the 9,000 square foot location has been transformed with the help of design firm Studio Modernista.
Patrons will enter the 2,000 square foot café through the end of a converted shipping container. The café will serve traditional Italian espresso and coffee drinks made on a La Marzocco Strada EE 3-group along with innovative offerings on the MOD bar, Nitro Cold Brew on tap, and freshly roasted bulk beans. While sipping coffee and noshing on pastries, an open floor plan and raised seating area will provide unobstructed views of the roastery and training lab.Menu highlights include Caffè Umbria's signature blends as well as pastries provided by Floriole Bakery, La Fournette and Alliance Patisserie. Specialty drinks will include the Caffé Marocchino (espresso, Italian chocolate sauce, steamed milk, cocoa powder; $3.60), Espresso Shakerato (espresso shaken over ice, served neat in a sugar rimmed martini glass; $4.50), Bicerin (double espresso, Italian chocolate sauce made from pure Pernigotti Cocoa, and cinnamon, topped with fresh cream; $4), and a seasonal Cioccolata Calda (known as the "Italian hot chocolate" featuring fine Italian Pernigotti Cocoa blended with milk and sugar; $3.80). The café will also feature fresh roasted coffee for sale in packaged and bulk form.