Good morning, friends! I hope your day is off to a wonderful start. Well, once, again my deep appreciation for Whole Foods is reaffirmed after attending a sneak peek at their new location in Lakeview, where they featured their Allegro Coffee Roasters bar. I have been a long time customer and fan of Whole Foods Market and what they stand for…(even when others have claimed it’s takes my “whole” wallet.) Listen here, I’m going to be perfectly transparent- food is my priority, it is where I choose to invest- I want to fuel my body with the best quality food possible, food that has been grown on sustainable farms, food free of pesticides…I want organic choices, I want to hear about the people behind the companies who create the products I love. I am not saying you can’t get that at other stores, but that is why I choose Whole Foods. I don’t know about you, but I think it’s pretty darn incredible to sit down in the morning with a cup of coffee, smelling that comforting aroma, and know about the farmer who grew the beans to make your cup possible. That is what I learned last night…before my beloved coffee is poured into my own cup, 17 humans have poured their passion and love into creating the best coffee possible.
A bit about the evening…
The entire first floor of the new Whole Foods Lakeview is devoted to Allegro Coffee…a gorgeous coffee bar space, tons of seating with bright lighting…a perfect spot to study, read, day-dream, all while sipping the coffee concoction of your choice.
Our evening started with a couple glasses of wine and treats from West Town Bakery, which were absolutely delicious. My treat of choice twice was the gluten-free chocolate chip cookie, but I also had a small taste of the snicker-doodle cookie as well, so tasty!
After some mingling, it was time for a presentation of how Allegro Coffee is made.
After a slideshow and video presentation that informed of us everything from where exactly Allegro Coffee is grown, to their commitment to sustainability, to coffee tasting terminology…it was time to go into the roasting quarters. Huge bags of coffee beans were lined throughout. Even their method of roasting is done in an environmentally sound way.
We did a quick taste test of 3 different types of coffee: Ethiopia Duromina (washed), Myanmar Susu Lilypad (natural and my favorite), and Java Sunda Hejo (washed/body). All of them were delicious, and I even think would be totally drinkable sans creamer (which for me…is sayin’ something!)
The difference between the coffee beans below is only 11 minutes of roasting. Sam, who is the guru of Allegro Coffee, shared this with us after a cupping demonstration.
After the presentations, we knew we had to try a latte…Justin at the coffee bar made us a gorgeous, perfectly frothy almond milk latte… I know I’ll be back for more!
A big thanks to Whole Foods Chicago for inviting me out to such an awesome event. I know I’ll be swinging into the Lakeview store often, especially to enjoy the cup full of passion, that is, Allegro Coffee.
Question of the day: What is your coffee drink of choice?