Allegro Coffee Company has been an industry leader in equitable and direct sourcing for the last 30 years. Since 1997, when Whole Foods purchased Allegro, the Allegro team has become experts in retail operations and coffee bar management. In 2014, Allegro Coffee Company launched Allegro Coffee Roasters (ACR): a craft coffee experience with locations inside Whole Foods Market as well as a freestanding flagship shop that connects guests with seasoned coffee experts and specialty coffee roasted in-house. ACR’s four locations in Berkeley, California; Brooklyn, New York; Boulder, Colorado; and Denver, Colorado, have served exceptional coffee, providing an open, educational environment and fostering passion and community for curious coffee drinkers. On March 22, ACR will expand to Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood at 3201 N Ashland Avenue.
“ACR gives us a place to play, experiment, and engage with the coffee community on the industry level as well as connect with our local community,” explains Christy Thorns, Director of Sourcing at Allegro Coffee Company. “Opening another ACR location in Chicago gives us more opportunity to take the Allegro experience to a new market, and a vibrant neighborhood of coffee lovers.”
The ACR concept was launched in 2014 as a craft coffee experience inside Whole Foods Market, connecting guests with seasoned baristas and microlot coffees roasted in-house. ACR Lakeview brings this experience to Chicago’s diverse and growing coffee scene.
Twelve unique microlot coffees are roasted in small batches within sight of the coffee bar in a gas-fired Loring™ drum roaster. Loring roasters work with a hybrid combination of hot air and gas, reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80 percent. After roasting, beans are nitrogen-packed and hand labelled for retail or head to the bar for espresso, batch brew and pour over. Mahlkonig grinders work in conjunction with a custom La Marzocco Strada 3 Group machine for each shot of espresso. Pour-over coffee is brewed at the ModBar and nitro cold brew coffee and select beers are available on tap. Finally, for tea drinkers, a curated selection of loose leaf tea is brewed in a state of the art BKON craft brewer that uses vacuum technology to steep and infuse a curated selection of teas. ACR Lakeview will serve small bites, pastries, and grab-and-go snacks sourced from local favorite, West Town Bakery. The design is clean and simple, with décor that pays respect to long-gone music icon Rose Records by way of a large-scale mural behind the bar.
Every ACR location roasts a signature espresso named for its neighborhood; ACR Lakeview’s signature espresso, High Fidelity, is named after Chicago’s rich musical heritage.
About Allegro Coffee Roasters
Allegro Coffee Roasters (ACR) is a new craft coffee experience launched by Allegro Coffee Company. Located inside Whole Foods Market in Berkeley, California, Brooklyn, New York, and Boulder, Colorado, ACR’s freestanding flagship roastery opened in Denver, Colorado in November 2015. The mission is simple: ACR connects guests with small lots of specialty coffee and a highly skilled team of passionate coffee experts with whom they can share the experience—and enjoyment—of the daily ritual of coffee drinking.
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About Allegro Coffee Company
Allegro Coffee Company was founded in 1977 in Boulder, Colorado. It is one of the first certified organic roasters in the country. Whole Foods Market acquired Allegro in 1997; since then Whole Foods Market has offered Allegro’s coffee as its signature house roast. In 2013, Allegro opened its first official Allegro Coffee Roasters craft coffee venue at Whole Foods Market in Brooklyn, New York. Allegro has earned national praise, including first place in a blind taste test of Allegro’s Organic Continental Blend conducted by Consumer Reports’ ShopSmart Magazine, for whole bean roasts.
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