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Voluto’s, Friendship
Date November 15, 2010
Author creative

Voluto's, Friendship

Voluto’s, Friendship

Despite Starbuck’s attempts to completely monopolize the coffee industry, there are still small coffee shops that exist in metropolitan neighborhoods. One such café is Voluto’s in the East Liberty/Friendship area of Pittsburgh. I had never heard of Voluto’s until a colleague scheduled a meeting there.

Large windows adorn the front of the café, letting in plenty of natural light- if you plan on enjoying your coffee during the afternoon, bring your sunglasses; you’re going to need them.

“May I have a small decaf?” I asked.

“We, um… don’t brew decaf, there’s really no demand for it,” the barista replied.

He went on to tell me that he would be happy to make me an Americano decaf- it would be much better.

As I waited for my coffee, I noticed some original art on the soft blue walls. There were a few other patrons on the coffee shop having conversations, enjoying their brewed selections. As I took my Americano decaf to my table, I noticed a strong roasted scent ascending from my mug. I took a sip and realized what a big difference fresh-brewed coffee makes from drip coffee that has been sitting around for lengthy periods of time. The taste was rich and robust- the color dark. This was a good cup of decaf coffee- seriously. As I continued to wait for my meeting to start, I had a short conversation with the owner, Barb Russell. She filled me in on a few not-so-well-known facts about her coffee shop.

*She uses direct- to- trade coffee beans, most of which are organic from 49th Parallel Coffee, in Canada.

*There is only one (1) size of cappuccino- yup you heard me. The goal here is to capture the authenticity of true Italian brewed coffee, and the Italians don’t order their coffees by size!

*They don’t make any drip coffee; only French presses are used to prepare their blends.

*All of their syrups are made in-house

Besides having good coffee, Voluto’s also offers other pastry treats, and Panini sandwiches if you’re looking for lunch.

Voluto Coffee
(412) 661-3000
5467 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Chef Chuck Kerber

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