Tag Archive 'chicago_coffee'

Travel + Leisure: America’s Best Coffee Cities

Posted by TheShot on 24 Feb 2011 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues

Opinions are like… Well, let’s just say that everyone’s got one. And when it comes to America’s best coffee cities, Travel + Leisure magazine recently published theirs: America’s Best Coffee Cities – Articles | Travel + Leisure. The article opens with a rather puzzlng personal endorsement of Steps of Rome in SF’s North Beach, where […]

Trip Report: L2O Restaurant (Chicago, IL)

Posted by TheShot on 23 Apr 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Machine, Restaurant Coffee

Esquire magazine named this place 2008 Restaurant of the Year (among new restaurants). The same Nov. 2008 issue also crowned Dominique Crenn, executive chef at SF’s excellent-but-underappreciated Luce, as 2008’s Chef of the Year. While L2O is a pretty fabulous restaurant, calling it the year’s best is debatable. However, there’s no question this is a […]

Trip Report: Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea @ Millennium Park (Chicago, IL)

Posted by TheShot on 01 Jan 2008 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Quality Issues

If Peet’s Coffee & Tea has been a slow-growth contrast to Starbucks‘ cancerous proliferation in recent years, Intelligentsia‘s expansion has been deliberately glacial. And why not? You get big, you get less selective about your coffee growers and suppliers. You start accepting employees with fewer skills and less passion about truly good coffee. And how’s […]

Reviewing Chicago take-out coffee: Know your Joe

Posted by TheShot on 08 Nov 2007 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

On the heel’s of Chicago’s informal crowning as America’s caffeine capital, today’s Chicago Tribune published an article that provided a light, unscientific, comparative review of 32 different take-out coffee offerings in the Chicago area: Know your Joe — chicagotribune.com. Instead of the single espresso, the yardstick used at CoffeeRatings.com, the Tribune based their evaluations on […]

Chicago independent coffeehouses

Posted by TheShot on 10 Apr 2007 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

Last Friday, the Chicago Sun-Times published a brief guide to the independent coffee houses of Chicago: Independent coffeehouses :: Chicago Sun-Times :: jump2web ::. Although limited, it’s not a bad reference (other than the annoying pop-ups) — and something I might put to use when I’m back there next week. I only wish they would […]

Great Lakes regional barista competition: No regular Joes

Posted by TheShot on 09 Mar 2007 | Filed under: Barista

At last month’s 2007 Great Lakes regional barista competition, reigning U.S. Barista Champion, Matthew Riddle of Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea in Chicago, defended his title for the right to compete at May’s U.S. Barista Championship: No regular Joes | Chicago Tribune. Tweet

Chicago magazine: Black Gold

Posted by TheShot on 31 Oct 2006 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

The November issue of Chicago magazine reviewed the best straight up cups of coffee available in the Loop: Black Gold | Articles | Archives | Chicago magazine. Not surprisingly, Intelligentsia came out on top. Tweet

Chicago Espresso

Posted by TheShot on 31 Dec 2005 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

Every once in a while I have the privilege of visiting some place else. Eventhough American cities are becoming more and more homogenized, not everything is a Starbucks. When it comes to espresso, Chicago has a few notable exceptions that I experienced this year. Name Address Neighborhood Espresso [info] Cafe [info] Overall [info] Intelligentsia 53 […]