Review : Starbucks Reserve Echo Park
Espresso : Microblend No.11,
Siphon : Haile Estate, Shaka Zone, Ethiopia Sun Dried
First thing when I walked in the door was a barista behind a Black Eagle Nuova Simonelli espresso machine that greeted me and almost everyone else that came and went. This is the reserve bar complete with Siphons prominently displayed up front, Mythos grinders, Clover machine, and a Blender of course. Across the room with vaulted ceilings, leather couches, and beautiful wood furniture is the ‘Layman’ bar with your typical Starbucks jam.
Of course, I chose a siphon, cause I’m a sucker for that shit. With the first sip of brew all I could taste was hot, roasty coffee, but after experiencing the espresso, the flavors actually started to come through...and then drifted away behind the carbons. Does this coffee differ from any of their other reserves? I imagine it does slightly, but perhaps paying more for the Siphon wasn’t necessary. Whatever, it’s the experience right?
The barista that took my order and prepared my coffee noticed my interest when I asked if they had a natural Ethiopian and engaged in a talk about working in coffee, which is more than I can say for most baristas content on as little conversation with customers as possible.
Now back to the espresso; black, it was pretty awful, but in the milk, which was almost all foam (I asked for something akin to a cortado and got a dry Mach) it was quite good in a nondescript coffee in milk way that was, to my surprise, not scalding. It certainly wasn’t interesting, or in my opinion much different than the normal espresso they ‘pull’. At the end of the day, this place is an amazing feat of design and glorious illustration of commercial gentrification (along with its cohorts The Habit and Chipotle in the complex). The hospitality factor weighs heavily, as does the cozy, lived in yet clean feel of the shop, especially on this rainy day. Is the coffee good? No. Is it drinkable, yeah. Will I come here again? Not with the naive intent of getting an interesting cup of joe.
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