#ElCafeDe2013: The Coffee of Intelligentsia.

On my trip to Chicago this summer, my #ElCafeDe2013 and coffee wanderings took me to two Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea locations within the Windy City.

The first was the Millennium Park coffeebar off East Randolph St.

Intelligentsia Millennium Park, Chicago, Toarco, Jaya, Sulawesi Pour Over

This location is always beaming with activity. I was there at the crack of dawn so lots of people were grabbing drip coffee and pour over’s on their way to work.

Intelligentsia Millennium Park, Chicago, Toarco, Jaya, Sulawesi Pour Over

I hung out amongst the post-industrial decor, enjoying a Toarco Jaya Sulawesi Pour Over after the usual routine of capturing my coffee from every angle imaginable. 🙂

Intelligentsia Millennium Park, Chicago, Toarco, Jaya, Sulawesi Pour Over

Intelligentsia Millennium Park, Chicago, Toarco, Jaya, Sulawesi Pour Over

Intelligentsia Millennium Park, Chicago, Toarco, Jaya, Sulawesi Pour Over

Intelligentsia is a coffee roasting company headquartered in Chicago, with coffee shops also in New York and Los Angeles. It has a cult following and you’ll find it being served and experienced by people everywhere. 🙂

On another early morning while in Chi-town I hit up the Monadnock coffeebar off West Jackson Boulevard within the South Loop.

Intelligentsia Monadnock, Chicago

This location has the look of an Italian espresso bar and is within the Monadnock building built-in 1891.

Intelligentsia Monadnock, Chicago

This location was not quite as busy so I had the chance to converse with the nice and very knowledgeable baristas as I watched my pour over being made.

Intelligentsia Monadnock, Chicago, pour over

Intelligentsia Monadnock, Chicago, La Tortuga, Honduras Pour Over

Watching my coffee come to life, it made me appreciate the La Tortuga Honduras Pour Over even more.

Intelligentsia Monadnock, Chicago, La Tortuga, Honduras Pour Over

Intelligentsia Monadnock, Chicago, La Tortuga, Honduras Pour Over

It was fun checking out multiple Intelligentsia locations while in the city. I hope to get to more the next time I am in town.

Checkout two of the other coffee shops I visited during my most recent Chicago coffee wanderings.

What other coffee shops would you recommend checking out in Chicago?

2 responses to “#ElCafeDe2013: The Coffee of Intelligentsia.

  1. Going to Chicago for the first time this spring…looking forward to it! I’ll have to check out one of these coffee shops

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