Baristas like add an extra flavor to each of Ipsento’s signature drinks—lattes get a sprinkle of cayenne and mochas are made with direct-trade Ghanaian chocolate. The coffee is direct-trade, too, and roasted onsite in small batches. Daily Shot of Coffee praised Ipsento’s Guatemalan roast for its blend of chocolaty, earthy, and smoky notes.
At Common Cup, you can flavor your cup of Counter Culture Coffee with ironically uncommon add-ins like honey, raw sugar, or almond milk. The coffee shop also supports the community by donating all money from the tip jar to a local charity each month, an act that earned praise from Chicagoist.
Owned and operated by two brothers, Brothers K Coffeehouse serves fair-trade organic and direct-trade coffee from Metropolis. Brothers K’s baristas share the brothers’ love of coffee—they often hold “latte art” competitions to show off their whimsical designs.
Each morning, Beverly Bakery’s staff roasts eight varieties of coffee and then hand-packs the beans into half- or one-pound bags. The shop’s beans range from Nicaraguan to Columbian to Kenyan brews. You can also get a press pot of freshly brewed coffee in the dining room, and paired with an omelet or stack of blueberry pancakes.
A silver DeLorean is parked inside this coffee shop’s front entrance, and you’ll find a matching replica on one of the shelves. While Metropolis is The Wormhole’s main supplier, the shop often features beans from small-batch roasters across the country, like Oregon’s Backporch Coffee Roasters.
Step inside this small coffeehouse for authentic Turkish coffee served in elegant silver or copper cups. Senem’s also prepares other Turkish specialties: salep, a hot drink made from milk, ground orchid, and spices; and sekerpare, a traditional dessert dipped in sugar syrup.
Bon Appetit named the sleek Coffee Studio the best boutique coffee shop in Chicago in 2010, and Serious Eats called it a “perfect Andersonville outpost for serious coffee.” Try an Intelligentsia drip coffee brewed on a carafe infuser.
Order a frothy cappuccino at the bar and then snag a seat at one of Stella’s Friday-night symposiums, where local experts discuss environmental, political, and social issues.
Nada serves San Francisco-based Mountanos Brothers coffees, but locals also come here for the authentic Japanese tea service. The teahouse imports loose-leaf green teas from Kyoto and blends specialty lattes and mochas with Matcha, a powdered green tea.
Knockbox Café supports other Chicago businesses whenever possible. Metropolis brews are blended with local dairy from A New Dairy Company and served alongside cookies, pastries, and bagels from Chicago’s Red Hen Bread. The coffeehouse also serves all to-go beverages in compostable cups and lids.
Deal or no deal, our editors strongly recommend these businesses based on their reputation, popularity, and quality of service.