Today’s side deal perks up your palate with $10 worth of fresh coffee and crêpes or take-home beans for $5 from Asado Coffee Co. This Lakeview coffee roastery directly sources the finest coffee beans to roast daily in small batches for ultimate freshness. On the weekends, Asado partners with The Crepe Brothers to offer handmade French crêpes and coffee.
Each bean is hand roasted under the watchful, caffeinated eye of Asado’s expert brew masters, and each drink is individually made to ensure freshness. A crêpe and a coffee or latte ($8–$9) is an excellent start to an artful weekend of European delights, while a half pound of beans ($8.27 with tax) brings deliciousness to your kitchen each morning. Asado’s espresso bar offers everything from the chilly, cold-brewed iced coffee ($3) to the energy-inducing double-shot of espresso ($2.25). The menu also offers hot, freshly melted chocolate and steamed milk ($3.50) for a decadent treat before winter gets put away until the end of the year.
- In addition to espresso, cortado, cafe con leche, and iced coffee, Ashtari sells hot, made-to-order manual-drip coffee in just one size: 12 ounces...Every step he takes to get it from raw green beans into that cup is small-scale, lovingly methodical, and hands-on...None of the roasted beans he sells in the cafe...are more than two days old. Most times they're not more than a day old...In about two minutes he's made a bright, full-bodied, perfect cup of coffee, without a trace of bitterness. – Mike Sula, Chicago Reader
- A year ago, Asado proved that a no-frills coffeehouse could source serious beans (the house drip is fair-trade from Uganda), carefully roast them (using an in-house 12-kilo gas-fired drum roaster) and beautifully brew them (via Beehouse brand dripper cones manufactured in Japan). Since then, big coffee guns such as Intelligentsia have followed suit, scrapping tumultuous (and expensive) Clover machines and jumping on board with pour-over coffee, made one cup at a time by hand. – Julia Kramer, Time Out Chicago
- Air pots and espresso are noticably [sic] absent at this neighborhood cafe specializing in Spanish-style coffee roasted on site in small batches. The menu is small but carefully considered—your options include coffee brewed by the cup, cafe con leche and assorted pastries. –Metromix
- The coffee is perfectly brewed...I always get a skim latte with simple syrup and it is the best coffee I have had outside of Italy or France...I also recently had a croissant here as a splurge - it was out of this world. – Sarah B., Yelp
Asado Coffee Co.
Asado Coffee Co.'s direct-trade, freshly roasted coffee won Chicago magazine's Best Cup of Coffee for 2010. Owner Kevin Ashtari, Chicago Reader's choice for 2010's Best Coffee Roaster, meticulously hand brews family-farmed and sustainable beans that are harvested from coffee co-ops as far as Uganda. The cozy neighborhood coffee shop boasts an interior of bold red and sunny yellow walls decorated with pictures of faraway locales and children filing tax returns.