The Ultimate Coffee Road Trip Across the United States.
This week: Chicago, Illinois
Editor’s note: We began publishing reports from Don Niemyer about the cafes he visited on his cross-country coffee tour back in the summer of 2013, and we’ve loved following his journey, learning about amazing coffeehouses out there in the United States, ever since. We’ll be publishing reports from Don about his recent journey around the Central and Northern states every Saturday this fall. To catch up on Don’s earlier posts about his explorations of coffee culture throughout the Western United States, click HERE. To read the first installment from this new Saturday Series, click HERE. To check out the second story, go HERE. Read his third installment HERE. Don’s fourth installment appears HERE. We hope you continue to enjoy Don’s reports as much as we do!
By Don Niemyer
What cities come to mind when you think of great coffee? Seattle? Portland? San Francisco? (Am I sounding too biased toward the West Coast?) I certainly wouldn’t dispute those places have each contributed meaningfully to the excellent café culture we’re all experiencing around the nation. But you can’t talk long about the great ones without mentioning Chicago. Intelligentsia alone has changed so much of the conversation about what is possible and what should be normal with coffee, including producing our nation’s first World Barista Champion a few years back. But a visit to Chicago today will quickly reveal that there is a LOT to be excited about there. So this week, we’re reporting exclusively from this beautiful and amazing city, sharing just a few of the great cafés we were able to visit while there.
So that’s our report from Chicago! Thanks, Chicago, for treating us right and sending us on our way with bellies full of delicious coffee, and hearts inspired by excellence.
Next up, we’re heading on down to Kentucky and then out to DC. We’ll have that report for you right here next Saturday, so be sure to check back! Until then, follow us at our social media sites, or at DonNiemyer.com. See you soon!