What's Cracking in Chicago?

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What's Cracking in Chicago?

Postby zak on Sun Dec 12, 2010 12:07 pm

As you know, Chicago is home-sweet-home to coffee giants like Intelli and Metropolis, as well as devastatingly killer shops like Wormhole, Kickstand, New Wave, Coffee Studio, Brothers K / Other Brother, and (the best kept secret in Chicago coffee), Ch'ava. It seems like every month, a bevy of new, quality-focused shops open their doors. Here are some of the leaders of the new school:

City Grounds

Opening very early 2011, City Grounds has employed some of the most dedicated baristas in the Windy City. Rocking a Mirage Duette, Metropolis coffee, pourover options, and a beautiful, modern 2-story location. Years in the making, owner Steve Chang has thoughtfully and patiently paved a path to coffee excellence. If you're planning a trip to Chicago after the holidays, put City Grounds on your list. Located at Dickens and Lincoln in Lincoln Park.

Grahamwich by Graham Elliot

Opening this week, the newest addition to Master Chef Graham Elliot Bowles' arsenal of awesome is... drum roll.... Grahamwich. Located at North State Street and Ontario, Grahamwich will offer Gastro-Gourmet style sandwiches, homemade soft-serve, and custom sodas made in conjunction with Goose Island. Traditional, rustic, and amazing barely describe the coffee offerings at Grahamwich. Their menu exclusively consists of (ristretto only!) Espresso, a 7oz Cappuccino, a 12oz Latte, a 3oz Machiatto, and french-pressed Metropolis coffee. They even have to-go presses for the busy body. At Grahamwich you will not find latte art, but will be scintillated by their traditional espresso/milk ratios, tweaked-out Linea, and, of course, incredible food. If you've ever wondered what would happen if a Michelin-starred chef got all nerdy about coffee, check out Grahamwich.

Dark Cloud Coffee

Another addition to Lincoln Park third-wave shops is Dark Cloud Coffee. The brainchild of Andy Atkinson (formerly of ICB in Evanston), Dex Zeiler (of ICB and Brothers K fame), and Matt Gasaway (most recently of Wormhole). Dark Cloud's soft open was last night and should be open to the masses any day now. First thing's first: they have a Slayer. I've never worked on a Slayer, but between the pressure profiling, the design, and a name every scene kid loves, I'm gonna say it probably rules. Breathing a little punk life into Lincoln Park, the Cloud will be serving coffee from a rotating lot of the country's best roasters and hosts an army of extremely talented and experienced baristas. Quality coffee, no arrogance, and totally righteous loud music. How can you lose?
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Re: What's Cracking in Chicago?

Postby jmc on Tue Dec 14, 2010 11:50 am

zak, are you officially working for metropolis now?
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Re: What's Cracking in Chicago?

Postby zak on Tue Dec 14, 2010 2:08 pm

Yeah man.
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Re: What's Cracking in Chicago?

Postby Michael Phillips on Thu Dec 16, 2010 12:56 pm

Caffe Streets

This is another entry into Chicago's zero compromise coffee bar scene. The proprietor Darko has been very actively training to be able to bring an extremely sharp top down skill set to what is looking like an impressive line up. Multiple Robur Es, The cities first new prototype Synesso with two stage ramp up pressure control and countless brew to order option set this shop up to be a go to destination. Located at 1750 West Division in wicker park bucktown it will be a great spot for conversation with almost half a year being put into the build out and a focus on creating a great environment for great coffee. There will be a great selection of baked fresh daily goods but dont be confused, the focus here is on the coffee. Due to open in the next 3 or so weeks they are accepting applications now. DM me if you are in Chicago and looking to work with some of the best equipment around for a passionate owner serving the best beans Intelligentsia has to offer.
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Re: What's Cracking in Chicago?

Postby zak on Fri Dec 17, 2010 10:04 am

Jay or Mike,
Is Dark Cloud serving Intelli full time and rotating guest taps?
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Re: What's Cracking in Chicago?

Postby theotherone on Tue Dec 28, 2010 11:00 pm

@ Zak

Andy is currently doing Alterra, Barisimo, and Intelligentsia. At least to my knowledge from the last couple of times I've been in.
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Re: What's Cracking in Chicago?

Postby theotherone on Tue Dec 28, 2010 11:04 pm

Also, holla at Brothers K and Other Brother! The Kim brothers are straight gangsta!
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