A Look Inside Chicago’s Asado Coffee Roasters

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Kevin Ashtari’s first roaster was a drum attached to a rotisserie motor that tumbled beans over a barbecue grill. How did that first batch turn out? “Burnt,” he says. “Set the beans on fire and burned a hole right through the drum.” Undiscouraged, Ashtari hunkered down to figure out this roasting thing. Four attempts later he managed to get … [Read more...]

Metric Coffee Of Chicago: Roasting In An Incubator

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Metric Coffee Co., one of the latest additions to the Chicago coffee roaster scene, was born—like many great ideas—from conversations over tacos and beer at Big Star. And like many great ideas, it started as almost something else entirely. Despite that, the company—a partnership between Xavier Alexander, former senior roaster and quality … [Read more...]

Coffee And Bikes In Chicago At Heritage Bicycles

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Depending on whom you ask, it may seem odd for a business with bicycles in its name to be known for their craft coffee. Or, really, it might just make perfect sense. In 2012, after a stint establishing a hand-crafted bicycle company in Queens, New York, fifth-generation-Chicagoan Michael Salvatore moved back to his roots and became one half of the … [Read more...]

After Gentrification Claims, A Closer Look At Bow Truss Pilsen

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Last week we shared with you on a series of incidents involving Bow Truss Coffee's new location in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. The story largely played out in comments wars—not exactly the most useful way to understand this story's complex context. To dig deeper, Sprudge Chicago reporter Eric Perez spent time drinking coffee, taking photos, … [Read more...]

At A Cutting-Edge Coffee Beer Festival In Chicago


And so it was that on January 25th, 2015 I flew from Portland, Oregon (a coffee and beer mecca) to Chicago, Illinois (also a coffee and beer mecca) for the first-ever Uppers & Downers Festival of Coffee Beers. It was cold outside, but inside the warmth of Thalia Hall some 500+ beer enthusiasts gathered for a truly unique collection of … [Read more...]

Chicago: Bow Truss Coffee Faces Gentrification Pushback


As first reported by Eater Chicago, the specialty coffee roaster/retailer Bow Truss Coffee has twice in the last week found anti-gentrification signs placed overnight at its new Pilsen neighborhood coffee bar, on Chicago's South Side. As per Eater [emphasis theirs]: "Customers and workers at the coffee shop woke up Friday morning to find their … [Read more...]

Hunt For Good Coffee Beers At The Uppers + Downers Festival In Chicago


Good Beer Hunting, a popular online beer culture digest and brand consultancy, have teamed with our partners at Intelligentsia Coffee for a series of beer + coffee events, dubbed "Uppers + Downers"—we reported on the first such event in the fall of 2013. This year, Uppers + Downers is back again for its biggest event ever, a veritable festival of … [Read more...]

“Birds Of Unusual Vitality Vol. 2″ Now Available In Select Cafes, Online


Eileen P. Kenny is the talented photographer and writer behind the coffee web's premiere interview magazine, Birds of Unusual Vitality. She is also Sprudge.com Melbourne desk, and we recently partnered with her to publish Birds of Unusual Vitality Vol. 2, a compilation of engaging interviews with coffee folk from around the globe. This book is now … [Read more...]

Build Outs Of Summer: Bow Truss Coffee In Chicago, IL

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You are beautiful. This message, a campaign of sorts from Chicago artist Matthew Hoffman, is front and center at the new Bow Truss Coffee Roasters cafe, slated to open in a few short weeks in the Pilsen neighborhood. We think Bow Truss' new space is beautiful, too. Bow Truss will celebrate its two-year anniversary at the new space (their third!) … [Read more...]

Open Now: Skin and Suds at Intelligentsia Coffee’s New Wicker Park Cafe


That modern new apartment building you see at the corner of West Division Street and North Ashland Avenue? It's home to Chicago's newest Intelligentsia cafe. Designed by Danny Wicke of noted Chicago architecture firm Wheeler Kearns Architects, the space stands in tall contrast to the more historic architecture of neighboring buildings. The … [Read more...]

Where to Get Coffee Before Heading to Your Favorite Chicago Music Festival

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Let’s face it: if you’re planning on attending a music festival in Chicago this summer, chances are, at some point, you’re going to need a good cup of coffee. Maybe you’ll need some coffee to fuel yourself for a day of drinking and dancing to some of your favorite bands in the sun, or maybe you’ll just need it to nurse away your hangover from … [Read more...]

Bay Area Roaster Teams With Chicago Artist For The Cutest Coffee Shirt Of 2014


We love a good coffee t-shirt, but they're not all created equal. Some branded coffee t-shirts make you want to get your picture taken! Some are better purposed for laundry day, or take-out night. Falling firmly into the former category are these new shirts from Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters, designed by Chicago artist Hillary Miles and … [Read more...]

Chicago: This Is Your Chance To Try Some Of The Rarest Coffee In The World


Last month we announced the limited edition release of Intelligentsia Coffee's Café Inmaculada series, a set of rare coffee varieties grown by Camilo Merizalde at his experimental farm in Valle de Cauca, Colombia. On Monday, February 17th from 6-7pm, Mr. Merizalde will personally be in attendance at a special Café Inmaculada tasting in Chicago, at … [Read more...]

40 Hours Of Chicago Coffee Part 2: Bow Truss & The Wormhole

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This summer Sprudge Assistant Editor Alex Bernson took a 40-hour trip to Chicago to see a few of the highlights of the city's coffee scene. He wrote up the first part of his visit here, looking at Caffé Streets and Gaslight Coffee Roasters. Below you'll find his impressions on two other big-name shops he visited: The Wormhole Coffee and Bow Truss. … [Read more...]

Intelligentsia Rings In The Holidays With Celebration Blend, Curated Gift Boxes


Well friends, it's November 1st, which means it's almost Christmas. Christmas music in the grocery stores, holiday lights on your neighbor's house, and of course, the specialty coffee world's annual roll out of holiday-themed coffee buying kits, gift boxes, and stocking stuffers for the coffee nerd in your life. We'll be featuring and documenting … [Read more...]

40 Hours of Chicago Coffee Pt. 1: Caffe Streets & Gaslight Coffee Roasters

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Chicago is one of the major design, coffee, and culinary cities of America, and I finally had a chance to go see it for myself this past spring. I had come specifically because I was curious about how well Intelligentsia’s Logan Square concept actually worked—a subject I wrote about in-depth here—but I did manage to squeeze in visits to a few other … [Read more...]