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Best Coffee Shop in Chicago?

CDollarsign Dec 14, 2010 06:13 AM

Hello, I am doing a little research about Chicago. What would most locals consider to be the best coffee shop. I am looking for a locally owned place that roasts their own beans. Could be really trendy but has great coffee and atmosphere.

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  1. nsxtasy RE: CDollarsign Dec 14, 2010 08:24 AM

    Check out this recent discussion for opinions:

    Favorite Cafees / Coffee in Chicago? - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/732385

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    1. re: nsxtasy
      weinstein5 RE: nsxtasy Dec 15, 2010 10:34 AM

      to add to the excellent link nxtasy posted I would Casteel Coffee in Evanston - http://www.casteelcoffee.com/

      Casteel Coffee
      2924 Central St, Evanston, IL 60201

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      BGeater RE: CDollarsign Jan 3, 2011 07:12 PM

      All of these places don't roast their own beans, but they are top tier coffee shops.
      The Big local roasters: Intelligentsia and Metropolis. Both of these guys are nationally reputed and call chicago home.
      Shops that don't roast, but have highly trained baristas, top notch coffee and equipment: Ch'ava cafe, Wormhole, Ipsento, the Coffee Studio, The Brothers K (Evanston) and Dark Cloud (recently opened) come to mind.

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        weinstein5 RE: BGeater Jan 3, 2011 07:52 PM

        Actually Casteel Coffee does roast on site - http://www.casteelcoffee.com/cafe/ for their history as they moved around Evanston

        Casteel Coffee
        2924 Central St, Evanston, IL 60201

        1. re: BGeater
          nsxtasy RE: BGeater Jan 4, 2011 05:36 AM

          Intelligentsia and Metropolis are the first coffee roasters discussed in the existing topic for which the link was posted above. Again:

          Favorite Cafees / Coffee in Chicago? - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/732385

          Casteel does indeed roast on site; however, opinions on their coffee are decidedly mixed. I have heard folks claiming they impart a burnt taste to their coffee. I don't like coffee, so I wouldn't know.

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            weinstein5 RE: nsxtasy Jan 6, 2011 06:00 AM

            recently from WBEZ - http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolins... - The top 5 coffee shops roasting on premises -

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          luniz RE: CDollarsign Jan 5, 2011 02:13 PM

          The Nyabumera (Rwanda) coffee at Intelligentsia for the past week or two was the best coffee I've ever had, at least in terms of what I like. Intelligentsia can brew an amazing cup.

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            mlipps RE: luniz Jan 6, 2011 07:34 AM

            Just as a fun side note, when I was at Metropolis the other day, I saw a big box with Alinea written on the side. I wonder if they are planning to try & win them over?

            1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

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            gsmonkey RE: CDollarsign Mar 13, 2011 11:32 PM

            TimeOut Magazine recently featured 15 Coffee Shops, including Asado and Bridgeport Coffee House (great atmosphere!). http://timeoutchicago.com/restaurants... I'm also a big fan of Allegro coffee which is roasted on-site at Whole Foods on Roosevelt.

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