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Fuel up on good vibes + better coffee at Espresso a Mano

August 28, 2015

Update, October 2017: Espresso a Mano has opened a second location at 1506 E Carson Street, South Side.

If you’re lucky enough to snag a seat at Espresso a Mano, don’t even think of passing it up. Opened by Matt Gebis in 2009, the Lawrenceville coffeehouse offers a subtle energy and enough caffeinated sustenance to keep you wired to your MacBook for hours.

Wedged onto Butler Street’s 36th block, the shop remains a key player in the neighborhood’s ever-flourishing business district. A magnet for millennials in particular (but nonetheless inviting across the board), Mano’s offerings include a retractable glass garage door, weather depending; award-worthy latte foam art; original exposed brick; and a shit-that-is-fresh selection of local pastries.

Of course, there are the brews. All fair trade and organic, Mano’s beans come from top-notch roasters around the country — and from a few neighborhoods over. Perched on the shop’s counter is the espresso machine, La Marzocco, a magical device affirming the delivery of traditional Italian espresso to your mug.

Whether you’re grabbing that Americano to go or setting up camp at one of several highly coveted tables, prepare to be impressed here — with the service, with your espresso, and, most importantly, with your wise choice to avoid the chaos that accompanies coffee chains. Believe us: Your taste buds and your sanity will thank you later.

Photos by Tara Bennett