Ever since America lost custody of tea in its messy divorce with England, we've had to find new liquid sources of caffeine and new neighborhood taxmen. Say no to taxation without caffeination with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of coffee, tea, and more at Casteel Coffee in Evanston.
At Casteel's coffee emporium, beans are roasted six days a week, ensuring they're utterly fresh as they hop into bags of single-origin, blended, and decaf coffee. The shop boasts one of the largest selections of coffee varieties this side of the Mason–Dixon Line (there is one larger selection, but it's buried in tar). Selections include a Sumatran dark roast ($14.75 per lb.), a Colombian decaf ($15.25 per lb.), and a European-style espresso blend ($14.25 per lb.). The selection of teas covers all the bases (black, herbal, green, decaffeinated, scented, and raspy), and beverage accessories provide brew enthusiasts with roasters, grinders, and most anything else they need for kitchen caffeination. The café menu offers coffee standards such as a latte ($2.50 for small) and café au lait ($1.75 for small).
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Yelpers give Casteel Coffee an average of 4.5 stars:
- Freshest shop roasted beans around. My coffee addiction goes in and out, but when I am off the wagon, I hit Casteels. Located in a very nice corner of north Evanston, it is a coffee geeks paradise. Try the Lee's Espresso blend in your pump machine, it yields intense crema and very full body. – Rodger W.
Since 1993, Casteel Coffee’s baristas have caffeinated locals with steaming cups of artisanal roasted beans. The shop’s staffers follow in the footsteps of roast master Lee Casteel, who set the café’s course by roasting beans in small batches to ensure high quality. A new generation of roasters sources arabica coffees from around the world, procuring fair-trade varieties and naturally processed decaf beans whenever possible. To fulfill their motto, “fresh from our roaster to your cup,” coffeemakers pour drip coffees or press potent espresso shots from freshly ground beans.
Herbal, scented, and green and black teas also flow from the metaphorical tap, and the shop even purveys the occasional piece of high-tech brewing equipment, such as an electric coffee grinder or a mug that has WiFi. The success of the café’s knowledgeable staff and liquid pick-me-ups fueled the company’s expansion from a single café in Evanston to a second location in Chicago’s Loop. Casteel Coffee animates a dedication to its community by not supplanting the water in local fire hydrants with coffee and by supporting nonprofit organizations, such as the Chicago Children’s Museum.