I'm gonna be attending Coffee Fest between June 8-10.
Unfortunately, I won't get to truly appreciate the city, 'cause I won't be around for long.
Let me know if there are any coffee joints worth checking out. Probably won't get to visit all of 'em, but will try my best, depending on my schedule and how the trip unfolds.
Just off the top of my head, some of the roasters I've heard tossed around in the city are Intelli, Metropolis, and Cafe Grumpy... are these the big three in Chicago?
Cafe Streets super cool design, they carry Intelli
Filter: Neat place great hang out OK coffee
If you have some time come out and check out my roastery and cafe Conscious Cup, we are out in Crystal Lake but right off the Metra line.
I agree with Jason about Caffe Streets (address below). Darko (the owner) is great.
1750 W Division St
Jason - if I get time, I'm coming to see your place :)
Let me know, we will be down there as well. I think I'm providing baristas for the Monin booth and Rancilio will be pulling shots of our espresso on the Excelcius.
Ah man, that sucks. For whatever reason, I totally blanked out and failed to visit the Monin booth.
All I remembered was that you had a cafe called Conscious Cup. I really wanted to visit, but it was so far out of my jurisdiction, and by the time I figured out the subway system in Chicago, it was all but time to pack up. Really regretful I didn't at least get to the Monin booth.
That said, I scoped out Caffe Streets, Filter, and Wormhole, among third wave coffee joints.
I liked Streets the best. I agree with you guys. Very neat decor. I also wanted to buy a demitasse from 'em as a souvenir, but it wasn't for sale. Best part about 'em was actually the handmade raspberry soda. Now I'm gonna have to make it at home by muddling some raspberries, lime, and sparkling water.
Overall got to meet some amazing people. Thinking about Seattle... on one hand, it takes such a commitment but on the other hand, it's such a blast.
Definitely recommend heading to conscious if you get the time. Not sure if you remember me Jason but I came in a few months ago and talked with you about the Harrar.