Intelligentsia Coffee, no longer content with strongholds on the West and Middle coasts, opened its eighth coffee bar this week in New York City's High Line Hotel, finally heralding a flagship NYC location for the Chicago-based specialty roaster, along with new pourover methods and a custom built espresso machine.
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Matt Eversman, former executive chef at Saigon Sisters and Time Out Chicago's 2011 Breakout Chef of the Year, is ready to open his own restaurant, OON, in the West Loop next month. Here, he shares a few of his neighborhood spots to eat and drink in Lakeview, where he's lived for the past six years.
There are tourist sites that Chicagoans love to hate (looking at you, Navy Pier), and then there are those we simply love. Millennium Park is definitely in the latter camp.
Los Angeles! Where better to see and be seen drinking delicious coffee beverages? In recent years, countless Californians have taken breaks from their juice cleanses to strut around with to-go cups from early coffee scene pioneers like Intelligentsia and LAMill. But nowadays, the playing field is a little more crowded. LA's current coffee selection has some of the country's best and most interesting shops.
You know Sarah Grueneberg as the executive chef at Spiaggia, where she turns out elegant Italian plates, and as the bubbly runner-up on Top Chef Texas. When not at Spiaggia, you can find her studying Italian cuisine in Italy or eating her way through her Lakeview neighborhood.
We gathered together a mix of new and old delicacies, which should help get you in the holiday spirit, no shivering on the L platform required.
At Big Jones, chef and co-owner Paul Fehribach cooks up Southern dishes rooted in history. But when it comes time to eat in his East Lakeview neighborhood, where he's lived for about seven years, Fehribach favors a mix of old and new.
The time has come. Let us remove the stigma from the orange coaster. Science has taken us far from the flavorless decaf of olde and heralded an era of decaffeination where taste, not buzz, is king.
There's no more romantic present than something shared—unless it's a cup of wonderful coffee brought to you in bed, that is. Assuming your favorite person already has that base covered, here are a few loving suggestions for the coffee person in your life.
New York, you've been warned. A motley crew of migrant coffee professionals is set to land in your city next week. They're here to school you—in a friendly way—and they may also fix your grinder for you.
No true coffee geek is ever far from the tools of their trade, and in many cases this toolkit includes an iPhone—a brewing timer at the ready, that, sometimes, also makes phone calls. But for those who'd prefer a more in-depth pocket reference, or something to hold their hand while brewing coffee at home, there are a few apps on the market that may be just the thing.
Once upon a time it was hard to find a great cup of coffee in the Windy City—at least a cup of coffee anywhere other than at the "big kids" of Chicago roasting, Intelligentsia. And though the roaster's three shops still remain at the top of the city's—and country's—coffee game, they're at long last joined by constantly multiplying numbers of wonderful, small, serious (and not-so-serious) coffee bars ready to serve some of the finest brews in the midwest. Here's a tour of some of the city's must-sips.
Lower rents and a tabula rasa of long-forsaken storefronts with huge potential dominate the ever-changing Bed-Stuy, and coffee is hot on the heels of restaurants and hipster-exodus gentrifiers in populating the city's streets. Three of the newest are doing a great job both in pouring above-the-bar espresso and coffee drinks, as well as filling out a sense of community in a constantly shifting landscape.
There are few neighborhoods more pleasant for a coffee wander than those on the East Village and Lower East Side of Manhattan. There must be something in the proximity of the East River that just brings the magic—wait, scratch that—at least there's something in the community, anyhow. This list comprises a handful of our favorite coffee destinations in the neighborhood.
Glorious Chelsea! From gallery to warehouse to office to mediocre restaurant, this neighborhood has it all—not the least of which is a small handful of reliably solid, innovative coffee purveyors ready to meet your daily West side needs. Of the billions of businesses in this small area, we've highlighted a few whose coffees rise above the crowd—so take a short stroll through the 'hood and sip as you go.
When the uberlords of coffee-slinging meet to debate, what kinds of hijinks transpire? Cups of hot coffee tossed angrily amidst bickering over seasonality, direct trade, latte sizes and espresso to go? Alas, nothing quite so scandalous (or scalding) went down last week at the Great Coffee Debate, a broad-reaching seminar hosted by Illycaffè and the International Culinary Institute in New York City. Drawing together luminaries from all angles of the industry—roasters, scholar-scientists...hoteliers?—the forum sought to raise pertinent issues about the direction of coffee.
[Photos: Liz Clayton] The quietly amazing Southside Coffee has been bringing some of New York's highest-caliber coffee beverages to the calm corners of the South Slope-Windsor Terrace for awhile now without making a big to-do about it. But the...
[Photos: Liz Clayton] Not every crop of new coffee selections arrives with a personal ambassador, but when you have the chance for a formal introduction, why not take it? Ecco Caffè coffee educator Amber Fox paid a cross-coastal visit...
These times represent a national acceptance of quality, handmade coffee. Cafes all over are rethinking the "faster is better" mentality and refusing to compromise quality for volume. From Intelligentsia's grand view of what a cafe can be, New York's Chelsea Market getting a visit from an espresso machine manufacturer, and a passionate barista in Seattle putting his foot down, things are heating up this summer for coffee nationwide.
After a recent trip to Chicago, a friend of mine brought back a beautiful red bag of coffee. If a tingling sensation did not just shoot through your neck, you may not be familiar with the coffee roasted Chicago-based Intelligentsia. It's an incredibly passionate and forward-thinking company, but when it comes down to it, the result of all the thoughtful hard work is discovered in the cup. This red bag contained an organic coffee called "Anjilanaka, Bolivia; San Juan Ocho Estrellas"—a long name for one bag of beans. Anjilanaka means "angels" in Bolivia's native language, and this coffee was named after the inception of Intelligentsia's big expansion into the Los Angeles market.