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“Excellent coffee and service ”

Laboratorio Espresso Cafe
Ranked #12 of 147 Coffee & Tea in Glasgow
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Focused on excellent coffee, this place delivers in a big way. Friendly and knowledgeable service with tasty cakes and sandwiches. On the pricey side but superb quality

Date of visit: April 2018
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Laboratorio Espresso Cafe has exquisite coffee--I have been there several times now and have found each cup delightful. I'm principally a latte drinker (sometimes grab a mocha when a bit more sweetness is required). I don't really enjoy filter coffee with the exception of the Viennese coffee, which I like because it is extremely smooth and very even in its taste and even has a little bit of a latte essence.

Laboratorio Espresso has these same qualities with their lattes--they are smooth, quite even in taste throughout (no graininess), and are delicate but still have quite a full body in terms of the flavor.

I haven't ever had much interaction with the staff but they've always been cordial. It's quite a small place with several bar stools at the window and about a six seater section that has 3 tables. So very small--better for a solo coffee outing or coffee with a friend and not built for groups. But it's also a pleasant space, especially if you can get one of the seats at the tables.

I haven't ever had the food so unable to comment on its quality.

I think it is worth noting though that the coffee is a bit more expensive here than in other small coffee shops in the city centre. I'd say about 10-20 p more.

But I wouldn't let that discourage you...this place is definitely worth a visit for the true coffee lover and avid coffee drinker; I'd also say its a trip to make for the coffee connoisseur.

Date of visit: March 2018
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Thank Penelope M
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

Happened upon here on Easter Sunday this year. It was a perfect end to a Scottish holiday. The coffee was fantastic and the staff so very kind to us. Highly rated.

Date of visit: April 2018
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Reviewed 22 March 2018

I have been visiting Laboratorio for nearly a year now on an almost daily basis. The coffee is good, the food is good, and the building has a lovely interior - it has been thought out well and evidently with passion. However, all of the pros are completely outweighed by the one and only negative: the service.

The attitude of the baristas is absolutely appalling. I have never seen a single one of them smile at their customer, nor ask how they are or show any kind of gratitude. Basic etiquette is not hard. They are very rude and the atmosphere of the coffee shop is stagnant because of it. They know their stuff, granted; but don't be pretentious about it.

A visit to a coffee shop should be an experience. Clearly, the owner's care greatly about the experience - emphasised by the effort made in the products and decor - but without good service, the experience can never be anything better than poor.

Visit Spitfire or Riverhill instead if you are in Glasgow City Centre - you'll receive great coffee by barista's who appreciate your visit and will show you that.

Unfortunately, I shall not be returning anymore.

P.S. I have visited with friends in the past who have also been equally as baffled by the service provided.

Date of visit: March 2018
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Reviewed 13 February 2018 via mobile

Tiny wee cupboard of a coffee shop but if you're looking for coffee to go, there's no other place in Glasgow like it! Hands down most delicious coffee you'll find in Glasgow. Also the illustration on the takeaway cups are gorgeous.

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank kgstott94
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