A handful of Starbucks stores are using a Nuova Simonelli espresso machine. In Seattle, the Starbucks at 328 - 15th Avenue has a Simonelli, as well as the Wedgewood neighborhood Starbucks. Roy Street Coffee and Tea (fully operated by Starbucks) has a Simonelli. In this previous blog article, I mentioned that a couple of stores use a Simonelli espresso machine. I would like Starbucks to put more Simonelli machines in their stores. It creates a beautiful shot of espresso. A reader sent me photos of the St. Martin's Lane Starbucks in London which also uses a Simonelli espresso machine. Using the store locator, I am nearly sure it's this store:
99 St Martins Lane London GB-ENG WC2N 4AS United Kingdom 02072405789
Their espresso machine is a thing of beauty. And at the St. Martin's Lane Starbucks, they offer three different espresso choices: A customer can get traditional Espresso Roast, Guatemala Antigua, or lastly, a Reserve offering. Beans are always ground on demand. I think this is pretty cool!
Take a look:
I am still looking for more information on what Starbucks is doing with their test of the Simonelli manual machines - please email me if you know of more stores that no longer use a Mastrena, and have one of these special espresso machines.
If anyone wants to email me photos of the Starbucks in Chicago that has a Simonelli, that would be great. (It's the Oak and Rush store. I know there are Instagram photos of that store but I don't use pictures from any social media source for this blog.)
While I enjoy the espresso beverages at Starbucks, I think that having more stores with these machines would definitely elevate the espresso beverage experience to a new high. What do you think? Would you care if your Starbucks switched to a Simonelli?