Saturday, April 28, 2007


At long last, after many trials and tribulations, much handwringing and hair-pulling, here it is - a gleaming, brand spanking new La Marzocco Linea, arguably the finest espresso machine known to man. Having it installed is not the same as busting out that home espresso maker you got at Bed Bath and Beyond, mind you - it is a feat of engineering in its own right. There are water lines, floor drains, electrical lines, filters, various sinks, and a big-ass fridge to think about, and it all has to fit and be all comfy and ergonomic-like for the future barista.

Well, it is done now, and Wednesday I was able to pull a few shots, one tastier than the other. Smiles all around, but now I am stuck. I spent all my mental energies trying to pull it all together for the machine to go in, so now I have no idea what to do next. Stupor. I think I need to make a list. My parents mentioned something about gallons of paint in the basement. Perhaps that can be of use. You can't go wrong with a couple of gallons of white semi-gloss. Allrighty then, I'm off to the burbs.

Sunday, April 22, 2007


If you are here, you must have seen the posters in our windows, so you'd probably like to know what Stella Espresso Company will be like, once those posters come down and the doors open.

Well, Stella Espresso Company will be a neighborhood cafe, complete with all the cafe appurtenances - caffeinated drinks and baked goods, as well as free wi-fi. You can get a buzz going, and then go on to surf and browse to your heart's delight. There will be music, newspapers, and magazines. There will also be a bar, where the barista can slide your espresso to you, saloon-style.

Stella Espresso Company will be centered around its neighborhood, right here on Devon in Lakewood, where Edgewater meets Rogers Park. So, if you live in one of the apartment buildings here, or in one of the houses, or in the dorms - this is your place. Whether you go to Loyola, or squeeze onto a Red Line train every morning for a trek downtown, or live elsewhere but come to our neighborhood to work - we hope to see you here. Our goal is to build a cafe that fits naturally into its surroundings. We'll start by offering the best coffee and food we can find, and we'll fine-tune using your feedback. Hence this blog.

We are working feverishly on getting the place ready to open. The buildout is in its final throes, and we are simultaneously perfecting the art of making all those drinks, and hiring baristas. We are looking to open around Memorial Day.

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