Best Craft Coffee Spots In Chicago
Passion House Coffee Roasters
2021 W Fulton St.
Chicago Il 60612
Founder, Joshua Millman, is coo-coo for coffee: "When people drink Passion House Coffee the expectations are high, it's our mission to continue providing consistent quality coffee. We reject hundreds of cups until we are satisfied." The roaster separates its coffee into three distinct genres: Ambient (subtle complexity that enhances your current state of awareness, think Mark Rothko's art or music by Brian Eno); Mainstream (familiar like The Beatles and Van Gogh); and Experimental - something bright that would liquidly entertain John age or Picasso. Enjoy roasting tours and a tasting room where you can experience myriad styles of pour-over coffees.
519 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654
Both locations, Streeterville and River North, boast a java roster that befits the noun "program" featuring two stellar local roasters, Intelligentsia and Metropolis. The first time in, you can't lose with a Nitro (by La Colombe), a Bulletproof Coffee with unsalted grass-fed butter and Brain Octane Oi, perky Mexican Iced Coffee and comforting Honey & Cinnamon Latte. Pastries at the coffee bar are made fresh daily and are hard to resist as an escort to your coffee because there's something for everyone: vegan and gluten free cookies, an ethereal Angel Food Cake Muffin and a new Superfood Muffin made with coffee flour, among the choices. Stay for lunch or dinner because the food is equally fabulous.
4181 N Clarendon Ave
Chicago, IL 60613
Dollop opened in 2005 in the Uptown neighborhood and now there are 10 locations in the city offering a range of alt brew options, from aero press to Chemex. "We utilize an espresso technology called Modbar at many of our locations," explains manager Dan Weiss, "which pre-infuses espresso from taps that are built into the counter, as opposed to using a bulky, less theatric machine." Dollop serves locally roasted Metropolis coffee, up to eight offerings daily. The most popular drinks are Honey Cinnamon Latte and Nutella Mocha. Pastries are baked in-house at the company bakeshop in Ukrainian Village and count on made-to-order breakfast and lunch sandwiches as well as salads.
4839 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
Since summer 2015, the micro-roaster has been jacking up the Ravenswood/Lincoln Square neighborhood with caffeine from coffees sourced from regions around the planet including Africa, Central America, Indonesia, Yemen and South America. Coffees, roasted just down the street, rotate seasonally, based on availability and flavor and the menu spans traditional espresso-based drinks, as well as single-origin pour-over offerings, cold brew iced coffee and batch brewed "fast coffee." When you need more than coffee, order locally-baked pastries and house-made panini. The business takes great tasting java seriously and will soon open a second storefront in the West Loop and a third in Lincoln Square in fall, 2016.
1357 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago IL 60642
Take a deep breath when you enter West Town's Awake Cafe and you can coast on the fumes of coffee love. Coffee is strictly fair-trade beans roasted by Chicago's own Metropolis. Order a single cups (drip, Latte, Cappuccino, Cuban, Red Eye, etc) or coffee boxes that serve 8-10. Awake's cold brew lives up to the shop's name as it's an 18 hours brew process resulting in an extremely flavorful, dark roast coffee. Pastries, all-day breakfast, salads, sandwiches and more than a few vegan and vegetarian options round out the menu.
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