ACR Opens Lakeview Café


Editorial Policy

Published on

Last updated on

[D]enver-based Allegro Coffee Company opened its newest Allegro Coffee Roasters café last week inside the Whole Foods Market in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. By serving exceptional beverages and offering a craft coffee experience in Whole Foods, Allegro Coffee Roasters (ACR) seeks to provide an open, educational environment that fosters passion and community for curious coffee drinkers.

Allegro’s airy Chicago café features a Loring roaster as a functional design feature in full view of customers. ACR’s twelve micro-lot coffees, as well as an espresso blend named High Fidelity (named after the 2000 film starring John Cusack and Jack Black), are ground using a Mahlkönig K30 Vario grinder and prepared on a three-group La Marzocco Strada.

The broad menu also includes pour-overs made on the ever-sleek Modbar, BKON-brewed teas, and a small selection of taps for nitro cold-brew and beer.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

ACR launched in 2014 as an offshoot of the larger Allegro Coffee Company brand. The specialty label facilitates sourcing from unique markets focused on farmer relationships and a customized roasting and café experience. Customers can see small-batch roasting in action, and enjoy coffee beverages that have been ground and brewed specifically for the bean variety.

ACR has opened four other locations since its 2014 launch. Their flagship store is in Denver, Colorado; other Whole Foods Market locations can be found in Boulder, Colorado; Berkeley, California; and Brooklyn, New York.

Allegro Coffee Roasters is located at 3201 N Ashland Avenue.

Share This Article

Rachel Sandstrom Morrison

Join 7,000+ coffee pros and get top stories, deals, and other industry goodies in your inbox each week.

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Other Articles You May Like

The Difference Between a Buzzing Cafe and a Noisy One Is Smaller Than You Think

A new study shows the razor-thin margins between decibel readings can impact how noisy a cafe feels—and how customers and workers are impacted by noise.
by Ashley Rodriguez | June 5, 2024

Five Places, Five Operating Hours

Are you an all-day cafe, or do you close shop right after the morning rush? Learn how coffee shops choose their ideal operating hours for profitability, safety, and customer experience.
by Haley Greene | December 20, 2023

Survey Results: The 2023 Coffee Business Owner Salary Report

We surveyed owners of coffee shops and coffee roasting companies to learn how much business owners make in the coffee industry. Here’s what we found.
by Garrett Oden | September 13, 2023

At Clutch Coffee Bar, Drive-Thru Reigns Supreme

Drive-thrus can feel rushed and impersonal. But folks like Clutch Coffee Bar are reimagining the drive-thru model as a vehicle for fun, friendly, and fast customer experiences.
by Anne Mercer | September 1, 2023